9:30-11:30 AM on April 7, 2020 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 2020 3MT competition will take place on April 7 from 9:30-11:30 AM in the Rubin Campus Center Odeum. The registration link for the 2020 competition will be posted here in Fall 2019.     

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.  

There will be an info session about the 2020 3MT competition and a workshop in Spring 2020. 



Past 3MT Competitions:

2019 WPI 3MT Competition

2019 3MT Winner ($1,000):
Veronica Kimmerly

Fire Protection Engineering

Presentation Title: Open Burning of Trash – The Problem No One Wants to Talk About


2019 3MT Runner-up and People’s Choice Winner ($750):

Ananthalakshmy Krishna Moorthy

Aerospace Engineering

Presentation Title: CubeSat: One step closer to Earth

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.