Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland which challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Clemson University's Graduate Student Government and the Graduate School co-hosted Clemson’s first 3MT competition in April 2014 as one of the premier events of the University’s first Research and Innovation Month. Each entrant was judged on delivery and content by a panel of judges that included staff, faculty, and community members. Since, 3MT has become a traditional event for graduate researchers to give crisp presentations about the innovations happening in the university, with the winner representing Clemson University at the regional level competition.

Clemson University 3MT® Competition (2021)

The 2021 3MT® competition at Clemson University will be held in two stages – a college level qualifying stage, and a final competition. This year's 3MT® champion will receive $1000 and attend the CSGS Regional competition in the Spring.

Students who want to register for the competition must first join the canvas page, here you will find the registration form.

Competition Dates: October 20-22nd

College Preliminary Rounds

All prelims will be occuring in the GSG Senate Chambers

October 20th Preliminaries

  • COE - 3:00 - 3:30pm
  • CBSHS - 3:30 - 4:00pm
  • CoS - 4:00 - 4:30pm

October 21th Preliminaries

  • CAAH - 3:00 - 3:30pm
  • CAFLS - 3:30 - 4:00pm

October 22th Preliminaries

  • CoB - 3:00 - 3:30pm
  • CECAS - 3:30 - 5:00pm

November 7th - GRAD 360° Half-day intensive training (boot camp)

November 12th - GRAD 360° 3MT reboot (one-on-one training for finalists)

November 17th - GRAD 360° Rehearsals for finalists

November 19th - 3MT Final Competition

3MT® Finals
Finals will include presentations, break with snacks, and awards ceremony
Date: Friday, November 19th 2021
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Watt Family Innovation Center Auditorium

Virtual competition:
If you are unable to participate in person, you may register for the virtual component of this competition. Note, there will be no preliminary phase for the virtual competition and you are not eligible for the $1000 grand prize or traveling to regionals. The prize for the virtual winner will be $200. You will be submitting a prerecorded video that Clemson students will have the opportunity to view and vote for their favorite submission. At this time the submission date is November 1st.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Contact Info:
Nick Gregorich Claire Textor

Clemson University 3MT Competition Previous Winners

2020 - 2021 WINNERS OF 3MT

PhD Candidate Competition
  1. Brennan Ferguson | Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
  2. Moazzam Nazir | Electrical Engineering
PhD Student and Masters Student Competition
  1. Amber Stone | Animal and Veterinary Science
  2. Emma Chiappetta | Teaching and Learning

2019 - 2020 WINNERS OF 3MT

PhD Candidate Competition
  1. Nicholas Gregorich | Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  2. Roxana Jafarifiroozabad | Planning, Design, and Built Environment
PhD Student and Masters Student Competition
  1. Vishal Thomas | Bioengineering
  2. Joel Hamilton | Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences

2018 - 2019 WINNERS OF 3MT

PhD Candidate Competition
  1. James Foster | Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  2. Vijay Sreedhara | Mechanical Engineering
  3. Shubhamkar Kulkarni | Mechanical Engineering
PhD Student and Masters Student Competition
  1. Joshua Osuofa | Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  2. Roxana Jafarifiroozabadi | Planning, Design, and Built Environment
  3. James Sternberg | International Center for Automotive Research

2017 - 2018 WINNERS OF 3MT

PhD Candidate Competition
  1. Matthew Flege | International Family and Community Studies
  2. Madeline Dowling | Plant and Environmental Sciences
  3. Unaiza Uzair | Chemistry
PhD Student and Masters Student Competition
  1. Zolian Zoong Lwe | Plant and Environmental Sciences
  2. Jaime Idarraga | Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  3. Rutali Joshi | Healthcare Architecture

2016 - 2017 WINNERS OF 3MT

  1. Guneet Bedi | Electrical Engineering
  2. Shakira Hobbs | Electrical Engineering
  3. Lauren Garcia Chance | Environmental Toxicology

2015 - 2016 WINNERS OF 3MT

  1. Leah Kitashima | Economics
    Qi Zhou | Plant & Environmental Sciences
  2. Adam Klett | Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Roque Gochez | Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Unaiza Uzair | Chemistry

2014 - 2015 WINNERS OF 3MT

  1. Nathan Redding | Plant and Environmental Sciences
    Kellie Walters | Parks, Recreation & Tourism Mgt
  2. Vipul Pai Raikar | Bioengineering
    Francesca Stubbins | Entomology

2013 - 2014 WINNERS OF 3MT

  1. Ashlee Tietje | Biological Sciences
    Namrata Sengupta | Environmental Toxicology
  2. Hobey Tam | Bioengineering
    Julian Velez-Guillen | Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
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