One scholar. One slide. Three minutes to give it all you've got.

3 Minute Research (3MR)

The Graduate School will host its 2021 Three Minute Research (3MR) competition virtually. Competitors will describe their research in three minutes or less, using only one static slide. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, contestants will submit video presentations for viewing during the Graduate and Professional Students Research and Awards Showcase on Friday, April 9 at 4 p.m. Competition winners will be announced during the showcase.

3MR is an academic competition that cultivates students' presentation and research communication skills, and& challenges them to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. The competition is open to all active, enrolled Pacific graduate or professional students in good academic standing.  Participants will have the opportunity to participate in info sessions and workshops leading up to the event. 

When and Where

Contestant videos will be broadcast as part of the Graduate and Professional Student Research and Awards Showcase on Friday, April 9 at 4 p.m. Winners will be announced during the showcase.


$300 — First-place
$200 — Runner-up
$100 — People's Choice


Friday, April 2 — Deadline to submit application form and presentation video

The 3MR competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students. A variation of the 3MT® competition, developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

The first competition was held at the University of Queensland in 2008 with 160 students competing. In 2009 and 2010, the competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Since 2011, the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MR/3MT® competitions are now held in over 900 universities across more than 85 countries worldwide.


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Click on the "Register" button below to submit your abstract and presentation video.  Please contact if you have any questions.