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Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)® @ Mona: Tips

Preparing for a 3MT® Competition

Don’t shoot vertical video

  • Turn your phone/device on its side and record horizontal footage.

Sit or Stand 

  • You are required to stand during the presentation. 

Stabilize Your Device

  • Slight movements will ruin the professionalism of your video. Using a tripod or stack of books to stabilize your footage is paramount in creating a professional video.

Don’t use digital zoom

  • Sometimes it can be tempting to use the zoom feature on your device to get a closer shot of yourself, but since the lens isn’t zooming optically, you’re just enlarging the picture digitally. This results in pixels. If you want to zoom in with a device without it looking pixelated, walk closer or move the device closer.

Set your lighting

  • The best lighting source is the sun. Natural lighting looks great in almost every instance. Face or sit near a window for great natural light. Never have the window behind you or else you’ll be left with a silhouette.

Select a comfortable location

  • A quiet, private and well-lit place where you won’t be interrupted by other people, pets or noises. Position your device so that you have a neutral background that’s free from distractions.


  • Recording audio directly from the device’s built-in microphone will suffice. Practice and double-check the sound quality.

Write for your audience 

  • Avoid jargon and academic language. 
  • Explain concepts and people important to your research - you may know all about Professor Smith's theories but you audience may not. 
  • Highlight the outcomes of your research and the desired outcome 
  • Imagine that you are explaining your research to a close friend or fellow student from another field. 
  • Convey your excitement and Enthusiasm for your subject 

Tell a Story 

  • You may like to present your 3MT as a narrative, with a beginning, middle and end. 
  • It's not easy to condense your research into 3 minutes so you may find it easier to break your presentation into smaller sections. 
  • Try writing an opener to catch the attention of the audience, then highlight your different points, and finally have a summary to restate the importance of your work.

Have a clear outcome in mind 

  • Know what you want your audience to take away from your presentation. 
  • Try to leave the audience with an understanding of what you're doing, why it is important and what you hope to achieve. 

What not to do

  • Do not write your paper like an academic paper.
  • Try to use shorter words, shorter sentences and shorter paragraphs.
  • You can use humor, however be careful not to devalue your presentation. 


  • Proof read your 3MT presentation by reading it aloud, to yourself and to an audience of friends and family. 
  • Ask for feedback. 
  • Ask your audience if your presentation clearly highlights what your research is about and why it is important 

University Finals Video Upload


Instructions for Submission:
Follow the steps below to ensure the successful submission of your 3MT competition entry.
1. Save your video as: FirstnameLastname-3MT-Category (Category refers to 1st round, second round or finals)
2. Upload your video to your  Google Drive account (If you do not have a Gmail account you may create one )
3. Share your video and enable “editor” permissions with
4. Complete the registration form below as the final step in submitting your video:

All 3MT®  video submissions must be shared with                

Key Dates For The 2023 Three Minute Thesis Competition

The dates below are for the UWI Mona Campus Participants. Please check your respective campuses for the most current dates. The UWI Finals will be the same date for all campuses.

Dates are as follows:

Activity Dates
Information Session February 23, 2023   at   11a.m.
Call for Submission of Entries February 23, 2023   
Information Session for Judges March 1, 2023   at 2 p.m.
Final date for Submission of Entries April 12, 2023      
Campus Finals May  27. 2023         at 2pm  (Face to Face)
UWI Finals  June 27, 2023          at 1pm (via Zoom)