9:30-11:30 AM on April 9, 2019 in the Rubin Campus Center Odeum

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is an academic competition that challenges PhD students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience using only a single static slide. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by PhD students and encourages their skill in communicating the importance of research to the broader community. The competition takes place annually at numerous universities around the world and was originally founded by the University of Queensland in Australia. WPI hosted its inaugural 3MT competition in 2018, and will run the competition annually each Spring. The 2019 3MT competition will take place on April 9 from 9:30-11:30 AM in the Rubin Campus Center Odeum. Please use this link to register to compete in the 2019 WPI 3MT competition (WPI PhD students only), to volunteer to judge (WPI Staff only) or to RSVP to attend (anyone).    

PhD students that have completed their qualifying exam or equivalent milestone in their program are eligible to participate. Student presentations will be evaluated by a panel of judges that will award a first place prize of $1000 and a runner-up prize of $500. The audience will select one presentation for a peoples’ choice prize of $250.  

Link to register to compete, volunteer to judge, or RSVP to attend: http://wpi.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_doOBAZBUgnvefJ3

There will be an info session about the 2019 3MT competition from 12-1 PM on February 12 in the Goats Head Restaurant in Founders Hall (free lunch provided). Please register here to attend the info session. 3MT competitors are encouraged to participate in the 3MT workshop which will be held on April 5 from 12-1 PM in the Goats Head Restaurant in Founders Hall (free lunch provided). The workshop registration link will be provided to those that register to compete in the 2019 WPI 3MT competition. 



Past 3MT Competitions:

2018 Inaugural WPI 3MT Competition

sessions held on both the main campus and the Gateway campus with separate winners at each. 

19 PhD students competed in the 2018 WPI 3MT competition. The competitors came from varied departments, including Robotics Engineering, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Chemical Engineering, Biology and Biotechnology, Mathematical Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. We are happy to formally recognize the winners from the 2018 inaugural competition: 

2018 Main Campus Awards

Winner: Lakshmy Krishna Moorthy, Aerospace Engineering

Runner Up and People’s Choice: Tyler Reese, Mathematical Sciences

2018 Gateway Awards:

Winner: Lida Namin, Chemical Engineering

Runner Up (Tie): Caitlin Walde, Materials Science and Engineering

Runner Up (Tie): Douglas Reilly, Biology and Biotechnology

People’s Choice: Chris Chute, Biology and Biotechnology


Video clips of the winning presentations will be displayed on this site in near future.