The Three Minute Thesis competition is an academic contest that challenges graduate students to summarize their thesis or dissertation research within three minutes to a general audience. The competition celebrates the discoveries made by graduate students and encourages them to communicate the significance of their research to the broader community in language that is understood by the general public.

The competition was first developed by the University of Queensland in 2008. The popularity of the competition grew rapidly, and 3MT competitions are now held in over 170 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide.

At the University of Arkansas, preliminary heats are held in each of the academic colleges. The top finisher in each academic college advances to the university-wide final, which is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 in Plant Sciences 0009.