3MT: Three Minute Thesis Competition


Hosted by the Mechanical Engineering Advisory Council (MEAC)

Please join us for the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. ME graduate students will have exactly three minutes to explain their research in an engaging and easy-to-understand format. A panel of judges will choose the top two winning presentations and there will also be a People's Choice award. Cash prizes go to all three presentations. 

The evening will be an exciting display of the diversity of research in ME today, with topics ranging from energy and the environment to human health. ME's graduate students engage in pioneering, interdisciplinary research and will become the next leaders in mechanical engineering in both academia and industry. The purpose of the competition is to celebrate the innovative research conducted by our graduate students and to cultivate their academic, presentation, and research communications skills.

STUDENTS: Want to participate in the 2020 competition? Apply here!  

2020 Important Dates:

  • Monday, September 21: Deadline for participant applications
  • Friday, September 25: ME Connect Seminar practice presentations
  • Thursday, October 1: Deadline for participantvideo submissions
  • Tuesday, October 6: 3MT Competition

See a list of general competition rules here.

2019 3MT: The Inaugural Year

Take a look at last the presentations that swept last year's competition.

First Place and People's Choice Winner: Nitish Ponskshe — WATCH HERE

Second place (tie): Aliza Abraham — WATCH HERE

Second place (tie): Kevin Eschen — WATCH HERE

2019 3MT winners
2019 3MT second place winners Kevin Eschen and Aliza Abraham
2019 Three Minute Thesis Competition
The 2019 ME 3MT Competition

Watch all of last year's 3MT presentations on the ME YouTube channel.

Start date
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, 5 p.m.
End date
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, 7 p.m.

The 2020 3MT Competition will be a virtual event, held on Zoom.