March 30, 2022

Apply to compete in the 2022 UW Virtual Three Minute Thesis (UW 3MT®), where you’ll have the opportunity to present your project in just three minutes for cash prizes totaling $5,000. The competition is open to all eligible graduate students from Bothell, Tacoma, and Seattle campuses. This event is a partnership between the Office of Graduate Student Affairs in The Graduate School and the UW Libraries Research Commons.

Many thanks to Bruce and Joanne Montgomery for their generous sponsorship of the prizes.

The theme for this year’s competition is Impact. Impact can be defined as the positive outcome of a critical intervention, social policy, service provision model, legal framework, or technological innovation. How does your graduate research demonstrate impact for the public good? We’re excited to celebrate the influence our graduate students have on the world. 


  • Submit a proposal for the preliminary rounds. Proposal deadline is April 14, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. 
  • Online preliminary rounds to be held on April 25 – 26, 2022.
  • Successful presenters from the preliminary rounds will move forward to compete in the virtual 3MT competition on May 5, 2022, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Participating in 3MT is a great opportunity to:

  • Learn to talk about your research without using jargon
  • Prepare for job interviews
  • Practice public speaking skills
  • Build your network and resume
  • Compete for cash prizes!

3MT is intended for graduate students who are ready to present their capstone, thesis or dissertation work, rather than for works-in-progress. If you are at an earlier stage with your research, we encourage you to consider participating in Scholars’ Studio.

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