Read more about the 3MT Final and students' experiences in the competition here! 

Our overall competition winner in the Brandeis 3MT 2023 Competition, Liz Mahon, continued onto and WON the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) Regional 3MT Competition!  As the winner in this competition, she will compete in the national 3MT competition in December 2023.  More info to come!

Special congratulations to our winners:


First Place - Liz Mahon (overall winner and People's Choice), Psychology, Armed Against Alzheimer’s: How Your Voice Could Save Your Mind

Second Place - Jillian Franks, Psychology, Neural Resonance and Empathy Among Political Ingroup and Outgroup Members

Third Place - Naren Sundararajan, Physics, Self-Assembly and Compartments: Learning Control Strategies from Viruses

Humanities/Social Sciences/Creative Arts

First Place - Joseph Yauch, History, Felling Native Forests, Reclaiming Indigenous Power

Second Place - Julie Scesney, Anthropology and WGSS, Pleasure and Obligation: Detours at the Shopping Mall

Third Place - Danielle Wallner,  History, Building Cybernetics: Early Soviet Programming and Cold War Collaboration

Tips for Success in the Competition


  • Describe your research in under 3 minutes to a panel of judges while using only one slide.
    • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
    • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
    • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
    • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
    • Presentations are to be spoken word and presented in a formal but engaging lecture-style presentation.
    • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
    • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
    • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria

The following criteria will guide the judges decisions:
Comprehension & Content
  • Provided clear research question and indicated its background and significance
  • Clearly described the research strategy/design
  • Clearly described the potential impact of the research and findings or possible conclusions
Engagement & Communication
  • Oration was delivered clearly, and the language was appropriate for a non-specialist audience
  • Slide was well-connected to the presentation and enhanced the presentation
  • Presenter conveyed enthusiasm for their research and captured and maintained the audience's attention