Three Minute Thesis Competition

Graduate Research School

The 2014 UNSW 3MT Interfaculty Final is shaping up to be a fantastic event. If you are a UNSW research candidate you should start thinking about entering your faculty heat.

Congratulations to all of our 2014 contestants for their wonderful presentations! Watch a clip about 3MT on UNSWTV and see pictures on the GRS facebook page.   

  • 1st place: Rosemary Barnes, Engineering solutions to political problems: the answer is blowing in the wind (Engineering UNSW Canberra) - Click here to see the presentation
  • Runner-up, People's Choice Prize and ASPIRE Award: Andrew Craig, Predicting the impact of a Chlamydia vaccine for koalas (Medicine) - Click here to see the presentation on UNSWTV    

2014 3MT Interfaculty Final

The 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland for PhD and Research Masters candidates. With just three minutes to give a compelling presentation on their thesis topic and its significance, the 3MT competition forces research candidates to consolidate their ideas and crystallise their research discoveries.

UNSW 3MT 2014 Interfaculty Final

18 September
4:30pm to 7:30pm
Click here for event detail

UNSW Prizes 2014 Prizes

  • First prize $3,000 plus entry into the 2014 Trans-Tasman Competition at the University of Western Australia as well as the U21 final, a virtual event with judges watching video entries rather than live presentations
  • Runner-up prize $1,500
  • People’s Choice prize $1,000
  • ASPIRE prize $500

ASPIRE is a UNSW widening participation program that works with school students to support their educational aspirations. This year at 3MT we will have some of the school students from this program as VIP guests, and they will be awarding a special ASPIRE Prize for the presentation they enjoy the most.

UNSW 3MT 2014 Finalists

Faculty Winner Runner-up People's Choice
Arts and Social Sciences Sarah Mulholland Wendyl Luna  David Russell
UNSW Business School Ann Kayis Anastasia Utesheva Rifat Sharmelly
Built Environment Laura Crommelin   Matthew McLaren
Engineering Brian Schlossberg Kyll Schomberg Kejia Wang
Medicine Peter Zarzour Christine Shiner Andrew Craig
Science Swahnnya De Almeida Alexander Knights Daniel Hunter
UNSW Canberra Julia  McQuoid Rounak Manoharan Rosemary Barnes

UNSW 3MT Interfaculty Final Judges and MC

The guest Judges for the 2014 Interfaculty Final:

  • Mark Kenny
  • Dr Johannes Luetz
  • Dr Martin Nakata
  • Professor Cyndi Shannon Weickert
  • Robyn Williams

For more information on the 2014 judges and MC, click here.

UNSW 3MT 2014 - Eligibility, Rules and Judging Criteria


•    Candidates who are active in a higher degree research program
•    Candidates must be on track for timely completion
•    Graduates are not eligible
•    Competitors who are eligible at the time of entering the UNSW Interfaculty Final shall remain so for the Australia and New Zealand final


1) A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted
2) No additional electronic media
3) No additional props
4) Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum – competitors exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified
5) The decision of the adjudicating panel is final


1) Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
2) Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
3) Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more?

Previous UNSW 3MT Events

Previous UNSW 3MT Interfaculty Final Winners