Three Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition challenges graduate students to present their thesis or dissertation topic in just three minutes + one slide.

Interested in participating this year?

The 2020 Three Minute Thesis Competition will feature preliminary rounds leading up to a finals competition on February 5, 2020.

Participants will be supported every step of the way, with access to an exclusive workshop series on prepping for stage presentations, communicating your research, and creating effective slides.

The winners of this competition will earn a berth to the Statewide Three Minute Thesis competition held on February 19, 2020.

Boise State 3MT

Date: February 5, 2020

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location: Simplot Ballroom, Student Union Building

Statewide 3MT / 3MM

Date: February 19, 2020

Location: JUMP – Downtown Boise

An 80,000 word PhD thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit... 3 minutes.

Three Minute Thesis


Award Winners

In April, the Graduate College presented $2,000 in awards to graduate students who placed in the Three Minute Thesis Competition.

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Previous 3MT Award Winners


  • First Place ($750): Alexander Regner, Materials Science and Engineering, MS
  • Second Place ($500): Roxanne Stone, Interdisciplinary Studies, MS
  • Third Place ($250): Nick Pollock, Geosciences, PhD
  • Audience Choice ($250): Vannessa Campfield, Chemistry, MS
  • Audience Choice ($250): Rezvan Joshaghani, Computer Science, MS


  • First Place: Sepideh Rastegar (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D.)
  • Second Place: AuraLea Fain (Kinesiology, M.S.)
  • Audience Choice: Nikki Cannon (Communication, M.A.)