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Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present.

Their time limit... 3 minutes

2022 3MT Competition Details


Registrations for 2022 are now closed. If you have already registered, please submit your entry (Vimeo link & PowerPoint slide) to Graduate.Research@utas.edu.au before 5pm AEST Friday 12th of August.




3MT is an annual competition that challenges Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The 3MT competition will be held virtually in 2022.



For more information about the 3MT 2022 competition, including eligibility, judging criteria and competition rules, please visit the UTAS About 3MT website.

You can also view entries from some of our previous contestants and finalists below!


2021 Finalists

Yaxing Meng (Menzies)

Controlling childhood blood pressure tackles the heart disease before it tackles you

Katie Marx (English)

Antarctica: Out of Sight, Front of Mind

Kate McMaster (Pharmacy)

Memories and Muscles

Hannah Fair (Wicking)

Reaching the unengaged: Converstations about dementia and risk reduction

Xin Lin (Menzies)

Lifting up the blindfold

Tram Nguyen (Menzies)

Brain repair with magnetci brain stimulation in Multiple Sclerosis

Geethu Baby (Education)

Teacher's Perceptions of the benefits and challenges for using multimodal approached to teach ESL in Indian primary classrooms

Penelope Taylor (Sociology and Crimionlogy)

Turning the lens: Indigenous perspectives on race-relations and on building White capacity for constructive relations in Australia

Chin Chuan Lim (Mathematics)

Voice of the Sky

Noemie Friscourt (IMAS)

Know it by a whisker

Archana Gaikwad (Health Science)

IPF: A Mysterious Killer Disease


2020 Winners

First Prize - UTAS 3MT Final

Kathleen Lim (Menzies Institute for Medical Research)
Breathe Baby, Breathe

Runner Up - UTAS 3MT Final

Layla Creach (IMAS - Oceans and Cryosphere)
Muddy time machine

People's Choice Award - UTAS 3MT Final

Yaxing Meng (Menzies Institute for Medical Research)
When it comes to blood pressure, three is the magic number


2020 Finalists

Nita Novianti (Education)

Navigating the Complexities of Critical Literacy Practices

Penelope Taylor (Sociology & Criminology)

Building Capacity in White Australians for Constructive Race Relations

Seonad Madden (Health Sciences)

A lot on their plate

Myles Moore (Menzies)

Performing under pressure: New warning signs for predicting the risk of a heart attack

Monique Williams (Psychology)

From mind full to mindful: The role of attention in anxiety

Megan Grant (IMAS - Ecology and Biodiversity)

Plastic Polluted Paradise


2019 Winners

Play video: 3MT 2018 Winner – Kate Edwards

Winner - UTAS 3MT Final

Kate Edwards (College of Health and Medicine)
Blood and guts: optimising health and performance in female ultra-endurance athletes

Play video: 3MT 2019 Runner-up – David Moreno

Runner Up - UTAS 3MT Final

Niamh Chapman (College of Health and Medicine)
Stopping a killer in its tracks: a new approach to prevent the leading cause of death

Play video: Peoples choice Tess - Nikitenko

People’s Choice – UTAS 3MT Final

Tess Nikitenko (College of Health and Medicine)
Why can't we just control ourselves?


2019 Finalists

Play video: 2019  – Brianna Atto

Brianna Atto

Play video: Duncan Robinson

Duncan Robinson

Play video: Duran Zhao

Duran Zhao

Play video: Ming Chen

Ming Chen

Play video: Thi Song Van Luong

Thi Song Van Luong

Play video: Thomas Botterill-James

Thomas Botterill-James


2018 Winners

Play video: 3MT 2018 Winner – Glen Bain

First Place and People's Choice

Glen Bain (Natural Sciences)
Fully-fledged restoration ecology

Play video: 3MT 2018 Runner-up – David Moreno

Second Place

David Moreno (IMAS)
The unexpected life of a common shark in an uncommon habitat


2018 Finalists

Play video: 2018 Finalist – Sheryl Hamilton

Sheryl Hamilton (IMAS)
How to stop killing seals in trawl nets

Play video: 2018 Finalist –

Dario Rodriguez-Cubillo (Natural Sciences)
Through burning eyes - Fires of the past, lessons for the future

Play video: 2018 Finalist –

Zhen Zhou (Menzies)
Statins in healthy older adults: Curse or Cure?

Play video: 2018 Finalist –

Olivia Swann (Menzies)
The impact of dietary fibre intake on inflammation and depression

Play video: 2018 Finalist –

Niamh Chapman (Menzies)
Digital Healthcare: Improving the prevention of cardiovascular disease

Play video: 2018 Finalist –

Katie-Jane Brickwood (Health Sciences)
How to keep older adults active: Technology versus Human Interaction

Play video: 2018 Finalist –

Van Thi Tuong Nguyen (Menzies)
The powerhouse of stem cells

Play video: 2018 Finalist –

Shane Morris (Natural Sciences)
Translocations: A story about a kid, a tiger and a possum

2017 Competitors

Play video: Patricia Graham - Gene hunting

First Place
Patricia Graham (Menzies)
Gene hunting: Unravelling the causes of glaucoma blindness

Play video: Lauren Roman - Plastic ingestion in Australian seabirds

Second Place
Lauren Roman (IMAS)
Plastic ingestion in Australian seabirds

Play video: Yan Zhang - Better understanding of progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

People's Choice
Yan Zhang (Menzies)
Better understanding of progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Play video: David Bayliss - What influences how men choose a treatment for their prostate cancer?

David Bayliss (Health)
What influences how men choose a treatment for their prostate cancer?

Play video: Hoang Phan - Sex differences in management and outcomes after stroke

Hoang Phan (Menzies)
Sex differences in management and outcomes after stroke

Play video: Mike Guerzoni - Behind the Candelabra: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Tasmania

Mike Guerzoni (Social Sciences)
Behind the Candelabra: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Tasmania

Play video: Toby Newstead - Leading with virtue

Toby Newstead (TSBE)
Leading with virtue

Play video: Nicole Hellessey - Licence to Krill

Nicole Hellessey (IMAS)
Licence to Krill

Play video: Fera Dewi - Shelf-Life Extension of Atlantic Salmon

Fera Dewi (SET)
Shelf-Life Extension of Atlantic Salmon