Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Watch the 2023 3MT Northeast Regional Competition Here

2023 3MT Competition Details

NAGS is pleased to announce the 2023 Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. This year, the virtual event will be hosted by the University of New Hampshire. The 3MT competition will feature winners of each NAGS member’s local competitions, with the NAGS winner and runner-up being sent to the next Council of Graduate Schools national competition. Please see below for details and instructions.

Date: Friday, April 28, 2023, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. EST

Format: There will be two parts to the competition:

  • Part 1: Using the 3MT judging criteria, a 3MT working group will review all submissions during the NAGS 3MT meeting (April 20-22) and select the best presentations.
  • Part 2: The NAGS 3MT competition will be held live via Zoom where we will see the selected 3MT presentations. There will be a panel of volunteer judges from NAGS to pick the winners. The event will be open to a wider audience to watch the live stream. 

 Eligibility: The 2022*/23 3MT Competition winner from each NAGS member school is eligible. If that student cannot participate (e.g., because they have graduated and cannot attend), then the school’s dean may select a different student.

*Depending on when the 3MT is held during the 2022/23 academic year at each institution, it may be your 2022 or 2023 winner. If your representative has already competed in NAGS 3MT 2022 they are not eligible to compete again.

Instructions for Schools:

More information about the live presentations of the selected 3MT talks will follow. If selected, student participants must be available to present live online on April 28, 3-5pm EST.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jovana Milosavljevic Ardeljan at

Call for Judges

We are soliciting volunteers to serve as one of five judges for the upcoming 3MT NAGS competition. The competition consists of two parts. For consistency, judges will be involved in both parts.

Part 1: Volunteer judges will have dedicated time, in person- a working luncheon on April 22, to review 3MT submissions during the NAGS meeting in Portsmouth, NH. Prior to this meeting, you will be asked to briefly review video recordings of participating institutions’ 3MT winners and consider the strongest for our in-person discussion.

Part 2: Students whose presentations are selected will be asked to present live on Zoom on April 28, 3-5pm(EST). You will be asked to identify the two strongest presentations that will proceed to the CGS 3MT to represent our region.

If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here. We are looking for five judges and will keep the registration open until all the spots are filled. We will then follow up with judges and provide all the material and information needed about the competition.

If you have any immediate questions or concerns regarding judging, please do not hesitate to reach out to:

  • Jovana Milosavljevic Ardeljan (
  • Stuart Duncan (
  • Alexandra Padilla (