Upcoming Competition

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Preliminary Competition

Eligible doctoral students interested in competing in the Sixth Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition must first compete in the preliminary competition. This year's preliminary competition will take place virtually, Nov. 15-17, 2021.

To register, interested students must do the following:

  1. Complete the Preliminary Competition Registration form by Nov. 5, 2021.
  2. Sign up for a time slot in the preliminary competition by Nov. 10, 2021. (Upon submission of the Preliminary Competition registration form, registrants will receive an email with a link to sign up for a time slot in the preliminary competition.)
  3. Submit two PowerPoint slides that adhere to the preliminary round PowerPoint slide rules, by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2021. Submit the PowerPoint slides here.

Doctoral students who plan on competing are encouraged to complete the 3MT Micro-Credential to prepare for the competition, but it is not required.

Preliminary Round PowerPoint Slide Rules

Title Slide

The title slide should indicate the competitorrs name, 3MT presentation title, department name and supervisors name.

Presentation Slide

The presentation slide should adhere to the following rules:

  • No transitions or animations allowed.
  • Use Standard 4:3 Ratio (In PowerPoint, click the Design tab, and then click Slide Size. Choose Standard [4:3]).
  • In order to avoid formatting issues, all text should use standard fonts (e.g., Arial).
  • Images are acceptable, but video and sound are not.
  • If material for public use is included, the reference(s) must be clearly cited on the slide.

Submitted files must adhere to the following naming convention: "Lastname_Firstname.pptx"

3MT Final Competition

The final competition is scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2022.  Participants in the final (live) competition will be chosen from the preliminary round participants.

Questions? Email grad@buffalo.edu