Competition Description

Participate in MIT's 3nd Annual Research Slam!

Key Dates

  • Information Session: Wednesday, February 8th; 3-4 PM ET; Zoom
  • Workshop 1: Creating a Compelling Three-Minute Talk: Wednesday, February 15th; 12-1:30 PM ET; Zoom
  • Workshop 2: Deliver to Win: How to Present Your 3-Minute Talk EffectivelyWednesday, February 22nd; 3-4:30 PM ET; Zoom
  • Video submission deadline: Monday, March 13, 2023 at 11:00 pm EST
Submission form and instructions coming soon! 
  • Public Showcase: Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Prizes for Participants

Category Winner Runner-up Audience Choice
PhD Student (3MT) $600 $300 $300
Postdoctoral Scholar $600 $300 $300


  • MIT PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers institute-wide are eligible
  • Participation in the 3MTTM category will be restricted to PhD candidates currently enrolled at MIT, who have passed their qualifying exams and not finished defending their thesis
  • MIT postdoctoral scholars are eligible to participate in the Research Slam category

Competition Description

Participants must submit a pre-recorded 3 minute talk and a single slide, describing their research to a scientifically curious non-expert audience. The videos and the slide must conform to the format of Three Minute Thesis (3MTTM). 

Submission instructions: Please fill out this submission form (link coming soon) and upload your video file and slide separately by Monday, March 13, 2023.  Remember to hit “submit” on the google form after uploading your files.

The competition has two categories: 3MTTM and Research Slam. These categories just differ in their eligibility criteria of participation. The same rubric will be used to judge both categories. The top 4-5 entries in each category will be selected for the final showcase event.

The tentative date for the in-person final showcase is April 19, 2023. Finalists will present live to a panel of judges and the audience. The judges will be from diverse backgrounds including academia, industry, business, science communication, and science policy. The event will be widely advertised and audience will include both the MIT community and the general public. 

Check the Resources page for workshops, sample videos, and additional materials to help you prepare your video submission. In addition, you are encouraged to utilize the MIT Comm LabsCAPD, and the MIT Writing and Communication Center for feedback and individual consultations.

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