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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

AIChE will host its second-year 3MT® competition at the 2023 AIChE Annual Meeting, giving graduate students an opportunity to present their thesis in just three minutes.

The 3MT® competition will allow for the exchange of relevant knowledge between competitors and the audience and will also serve to help graduate-level chemical engineers to develop their communication and leadership skills. Competitors will submit an entry form along with a video recording of their 3MT® presentation for preliminary review. Volunteer judges will review and select the top submissions to advance to the final round of competition, to take place in-person at the AIChE Annual Meeting.

2023 Call for Volunteers!

The AIChE Young Professionals Committee (YPC) is currently looking for volunteer judges for  both for the virtual preliminary round and for the final live competition to be held to be held at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL on Tuesday November 7th from 12:30pm - 3pm ET.  All judges must be active AIChE members who have obtained their Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering (or a related discipline), and must not currently be a graduate student.  If interested, sign up to judge by Friday, August 4, 2023



    Note: All finalists will receive complimentary registration to the 2023 AIChE Annual Meeting.

Judges' Choice Winners

1st Place $800 USD
2nd Place $600 USD
3rd Place $400 USD

Competitors’ Choice Winner

1st Place $200 USD

Audience Choice Winner

1st Place $200 USD
DeadlineJuly 1, 2023
AdministratorsEarly Career Community
Nomination Instructions

Award presentation location

Annual Meeting

2023 Competition Deadlines and Important Dates

AIChE to begin accepting competition entries May 1st, 2023
Deadline for submitting competition entries June 1st, 2023  extended to July 1st, 2023
Competition finalists announced September 1st, 2023
Live final competition

(in-person at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando)
November 5-10, 2023

Competition date TBA

Eligibility requirements

  • Second year masters students (graduating in the year of the competition) and PhD graduate students who have completed their preliminary defense (dissertation proposal)
  • Masters students must have written a thesis i.e. not course based masters
  • Current AIChE members

Entry instructions

Applicants are responsible for completing the competition entry process in its entirety by the submission deadline in order to be eligible to compete. To submit your entry, you will need to complete the online Three Minute Thesis® Competition Entry Form and upload your video submission separately, adhering to all official competition rules, requirements, as well as the below application/submission instructions. 

Requirements & Resources

Virtual Preliminary Competition

Live Competition (applies to those selected as finalists)

*Note: Please make sure that you are submitting your application and video via the submission forms linked below, not through submission forms on the official UQ 3MT® webpage.

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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

SponsorsAIChE Foundation – Doing a World of Good Campaign

Award winners

  • Glen Cletus Dsouza
    Judges' Choice Award, 1st Place

  • Rafaela Greil
    Audience Choice Award, 1st Place

  • Divya Iyer
    Judges' Choice Award, 3rd Place

  • Marcellin Jerome
    Judges' Choice Award, 2nd Place

  • Marcellin Jerome
    Competitors' Choice Award, 1st Place

  • Madeline McKinney
    Judges' Choice, 2nd Place

  • Parham Parnian
    Competitors' Choice Award

  • Parham Parnian
    Judges' Choice, 3rd Place

  • Hanie Yousefi
    Judges' Choice, 1st Place