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Three Minute Thesis Competition

3MT, meaning “Three Minute Thesis,” is an event that challenges students working on a graduate degree to present their thesis in just three minutes. And to make matters more interesting, the students must explain it using language that a non-specialist audience will understand. The university-wide 3MT event will take place on Thursday, 9 March 2017, in the BYU Varsity Theatre. The first place winner of the university competition will receive $5,000; second place will receive $2,500; third place will receive $1,500; and the people’s choice will receive $1,000.

Each college on campus will hold a preliminary competition. Two students from each college will then advance to the university-wide final round.  The CPMS competition will be held on Friday, 24 February 2017 in the Hinckley Center 3rd Floor Assembly Hall beginning at 11:30 a.m.  The first place winner of the CPMS competition will receive $1,000; second place will receive $750; and third place will receive $500.  Additionally, five honorary mentions will each receive $50.  Pizza will be served to all those who attend beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The judges will critique participants on how well they: 1) explain their research; 2) spark the audience’s desire to know more; and 3) communicate in language “appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.”

The presentation must be kept as simple as possible. A single, static PowerPoint slide is allowed and must be presented at the beginning of the presentation.  For more information about the 3MT program and rules, visit

There are only twenty slots available for those wanting to compete in the CPMS 3MT competition. The application to participate must be submitted online by Friday, 3 February 2017, and these will be reviewed within the departments. Applicants selected to participate in the CPMS competition will be notified by their department by 10 February 2017.

Students interested in participating must submit their applications online by  11:59 p.m. on Friday, 3 February 2017.

You can watch the event live by clicking on the following link Thursday, March 9:

CPMS 3MT Application