Main Campus competition: 11 AM – 1 PM March 21, 2018 in Salisbury Labs 104  
Gateway competition: 11 AM – 1 PM March 23, 2018 in  Gateway Park 1002

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 will be hosting its inaugural 3MT competition in March 2018, and will run the competition annually thereafter. There will be one competition on the main campus of WPI and one on the Gateway campus.

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 two top prizes of $500 and $250 at each session. The audience will select presentations for peoples’ choice prizes of $100 at each session. Each competition will conclude with a lunch and announcement of the winners. 

PhD students interested in learning more about the 3MT competition should attend one of the two short info sessions on January 24 (main campus) or January 25 (Gateway)


PhD Students

PhD students interested in competing must register by March 2, 2018 using the following link: Competitors will receive additional information about the competition and how to prepare their presentation after registering. There will be a workshop held on both the main campus and at Gateway a few weeks ahead of the competition to help participants develop their 3 minute thesis presentations.  


Faculty and staff interested in serving as judges can sign up using the following link: The deadline to sign up to serve as a judge is March 2, 2018. Judges will receive information about the criteria used to evaluate the presentations after being selected. 


All faculty, students, and staff are welcome to attend this event. The RSVP link is