Three Minute Thesis Preliminary Competition

The University of Iowa’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition challenges graduate students to clearly and concisely articulate complex research to nonspecialist audiences.


Each contestant who advances to the Final Round will win a $250 cash prize. There will be additional prizes for:

  • $500 for 1st place (decided by judges) and the option for funded to travel to Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 2023.
  • $250 for honorable mention (decided by judges).
  • $250 for the "People's Choice" winner, selected by audience ballot.


Registration Deadline: Monday, Oct. 3, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. CT

Students: To compete, you must register. After the registration deadline passes you will receive an invitation to join the 3MT ICON course that will include instructions on how to participate in the preliminary competition. 

Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Friday, October 7, 2022 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Art Building West
141 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City, IA 52246
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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Vivian Ta in advance at 319-467-1892 or