Event Schedule

November 9-February 14, 2016 - Application window open, please apply here.  Application deadline is 11:59pm on February 14, 2016.

November 2016 – February 2017 – Students participating in 3MT® will be expected to attend 1 Professional Development workshop of their choosing in order to be eligible for college qualifying heats.  Workshops offered are as follows:

  • Distilling Your Scholarly Research
  • Stage Presence:  Drawing in Your Audience via Communication & Visuals
  • Improvisation for Scholars – Utilizing Improv Techniques to Connect with an Audience
  • Creative Storytelling for Scholars
  • Virtual Coaching – One Button Studio (Hesburgh Library)

Students may register for the Professional Development workshops at the Professional Development events portal.

February 19, 2017 - Single static slide deadline is 11:59pm on February 19, 2017.  Please email your slide in powerpoint format (Set slide to standard (4:3), 10" Wide, 7.5" Height) to  gradcareers@nd.edu.

February 27 - March 2, 2017 - Qualifying heats will be run within each College (Engineering, Arts & Letters, and Science).

  • 4 Judges will determine 3 Finalists who will move on to the Final event on March 23, 2017
  • Each Finalist will win $100 (3 Winners from each College)
  • Schedule below:
  • Date




    Judge #1

    Judge #2

    Judge #3

    Judge #4




    Jordan 101

    Michael Hildreth

    Rebecca Wingert

    Steven Buechler

    Samantha Lee




    DeBart 214

    Sara Maurer

    Kathy Eberhard

    Margaret Meserve

    John Lubker




    DeBart 140

    Christine Maziar

    Mark McCready

    Tony Simonetti

    Valli Sarveswaran


FridayMarch 10, 2017 - Static Slide for Final event deadline (11:59pm).  Please email your slide in powerpoint format (Set slide to standard (4:3), 10" Wide, 7.5" Height) to  gradcareers@nd.edu.

March 27, 2017 - 4pm,  Final event at Jordan Auditorium,  Mendoza College of Business, 9 Finalists.  

Battle of the Colleges!

  • Judges will determine 1st and 2nd round prizes for the competition
  • Audience will vote on a People’s Choice Award – 3rd Prize
  • Prizes:  1st Place $2,000, 2nd Place $1500, People’s Choice Award $1000
  • Networking reception to follow awarding of prizes

April 6-7, 2017 – 1st  Place Winner will represent the University of Notre Dame at the Midwestern  Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3MT® Regional Conference.  Additional information can be found http://mags-net.org/three-minute-thesis-award/