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The new version of the 3MT® contest is open

For the ninth year, the competition will bring together doctoral students who will speak to a non-specialized audience in English for no more than 3 minutes about their research projects.

Ilustration: Two people talking through a screen.

photo_camera 3MT is an excellent channel for disseminating research in development to non-specialists who wish to learn about the latest scientific discoveries. (Credit: Graduate School)

Students are challenged to summarize their presentations in just 3 minutes and do it in English, putting all their communication skills to the test.

Applications for this year's version of the 3MT® contest will be available until June 24 at 1:00 PM.

It is a unique space to showcase innovative research conducted by UC Chile's PhD students. This instance also has gained relevance at the institutional level.

How to participate

Students interested in participating:

  • must be regular students of our doctoral programs,
  • have passed the Candidacy Exam and/or doctoral thesis project (or be about to take it with defined dates), 
  • and be in their 8th semester of doctoral studies at the latest. 

All applications will be received online through the CONVERIS Research Management System.

As in previous years, the first-place winner will receive a prize of $1.400.000, the second-place winner $700.000 and the winner chosen by the public $350.000 (prizes awarded in Chilean currency). 

Also, the winner will have the opportunity to participate in the online version of the international 3MT®, organized by Universitas 21 Network (U21).

Check the contest rules here. 

The story behind the 3 Minutes Thesis®

The University of Queensland created the contest in 2008. 

As they stated in their website: "The idea for 3MT® came about at a time when the state of Queensland was suffering severe drought. To conserve water, residents were encouraged to time their showers, and many people had a three-minute egg timer fixed to the wall in their bathroom. The then Dean of the Graduate School, Emeritus Professor Alan Lawson, put two and two together and the idea for the 3MT competition was born."

Due to its success, it has been replicated in different universities worldwide.

UC Chile started in 2013. Since then, the competition has served as students' exercise to test their academic and communication skills. 

It has been an excellent channel for disseminating research in development to non-specialized audiences who want to know the latest scientific discoveries from the academy.  

Check out previous versions of 3MT® at UC Chile.

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Challenge yourself and apply now.

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