UNN organises Three Minute Thesis Competition for students


The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) is holding its Maiden Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition for students in its doctorate programmes.

3MT is organised by the Faculty of Agriculture, in partnership with Information Communication and Technology (ICT), Unit and the School of Post Graduates Studies of the university.

According to the organisers, the UNN 3MT competition is open to all registered PhD students in the institution.

It develops student researchers’ capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

EduCeleb.com gathered that the 3MT idea competition originated from University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia, when the State of Queensland was suffering severe drought.

To conserve water, residents were encouraged to time their showers, and many people had a three-minute timer fixed to the wall in their bathroom.

The then Dean of the UQ Graduate School, Alan Lawson, borrowed the idea and invented the 3MT Competition for higher degree candidates.

3MT competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

It is now implemented in over six hundred (600) Universities and Sixty-Six (66) countries worldwide.

The UNN said it secured the permission of UQ to organise this competition.

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Its maiden edition holds 10 am on 6th November, 2019 at the Princess Alexandra Auditorium on the main campus.


1st Prize -N 100,000 and an award of recognition for supervisor(s)
2nd Prize – N 50, 000 and an award of recognition for supervisor(s)
3rd Prize – N30, 000 and an award of recognition for supervisor(s)
Lots of consolation prizes as well

Guides for applicants

Qualified persons are to send the following to 3mt@unn.edu.ng on or before 16th October, 2019:

  • Admission letter from PG school UNN
  • Letter of support from supervisor with your Registration number clearly stated
  • Abstract (not more than 250 words)
  • 1 slide presentation of research work (Power point)
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