If you are interested in organising a 3MT competition for your School/Institute/University, access Frequently Asked Questions that will help you get started.

  • Are there any reasons students will be hesitant to participate?

    Every research candidate has different reasons for participating or for not getting involved. 

    A common theme among students is a fear of public speaking, perceived English language barriers or a lack of time. As 3MT is designed as a skills training activity to encourage students to develop their public speaking skills, UQ employs some of the following techniques to support our students.

    1. Online Resources: UQ can provide an information pack for 3MT competitors, which includes useful tips for preparation. UQ Staff/Event Coordinators can access the materials here, alternatively Event Coordinators from other Universities/Institutions can request access to the resouces here.  Videos of previous 3MT competitors from around the globe can be viewed on the 3MT website.

    2. Information Sessions:
    UQ hosts a number of information sessions about 3MT for interested students and staff. These sessions are then followed up by information sessions about presentation skills and media awareness.

    3. Tailored Support: UQ also provides one-on-one support for any students considering participating in the competition. UQ works with individual schools to encourage participation among student cohorts.

  • Can I approach sponsors to support my local 3MT?
    • Yes, we recommend that you approach your contacts to support your event.
  • Can I change the name of the event?
    • No, please refer to the event as Three Minute Thesis Competition, or 3MT®.
  • Can I use the 3MT logo and develop my own artwork?
    • No, a copy of the event logo is available in the 3MT resources pack that can be downloaded from the 3MT website. Please note that UQ has trademarked the 3MT logo. As such, the trademark symbol (®) must accompany the 3MT abbreviation and logo at all times.
  • Do I have to provide prizes of a certain value at my local 3MT?
    • No, there is no set minimum or maximum prize value for each 3MT. UQ provided prizes to the value of: $5,000 (Winner), $2,000 (Runner-up) and $1,000 (People’s Choice), all in the form of research travel and study grants.
  • Do I have to send the UQ Graduate School copies of our artwork for prior approval?
    • No, however please refer to our branding guidelines and include the trademark symbol.
  • How can I ensure my 3MT is not biased toward a certain discipline?
    • It is important to ensure that your judging panel is balanced by discipline, and briefed about the values and judging criteria of 3MT. We also recommend that speakers, speech notes, and prizes reflect the diversity of research wherever possible.
  • This is the first year we are hosting a 3MT competition. Where do we start?
    • In the first instance you are required to contact The University of Queensland to request permission to host a 3MT competition. You will need permission to use all UQ's resources such as the 3MT logo.
    • It is also recommend that you speak with your university’s Graduate School to discuss resources, support, promotion and how the event may work alongside any existing university initiatives.
    • With your university’s support, we then recommend that you secure a date and venue for your university competition. With your competition date set, you will then be able to start to promote the 3MT concept to your schools and faculties and encourage them to host and promote their own competitions. You are also welcome to contact the UQ Graduate School for advice at 3MT@uq.edu.au.
  • What event management and promotional resources are available?
    • UQ has developed a range of templates to assist Event Coordinators create clear and recognisable marketing and communication materials.  For UQ (staff) Event Coorindators, materials can be downloaded via the Graduate School Intranet.   For Event Coordinators from other Australian and International Universities/Institutions, these templates can be accessed by registering your event.


  • What is allowed on the presenter's 3MT PowerPoint slide?
    • One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. In preparing the slide, remember that 'less is more'. It does not have to include text. Visual cues are very effective in assisting the presenter's explanation of their research (No slide transitions, animations, sound or 'movement' is permitted).
  • What happens if our winner is not a confirmed candidate?
    • In the event that a provisional candidate wins the Faculty/Institute Final, the Runner-up and/or People’s Choice winner i.e. the next highest ranked competitor providing they are a confirmed candidate will proceed to the final.