East Foundation 3MT®

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland in Australia. It challenges graduate students to make a compelling presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes. The competition helps students develop academic, presentation and research communication skills and the capacity to explain their research to a non-academic audience.

At the East Foundation we promote that advancement of land stewardship through ranching, science, and education.  One way we do this is by engaging with university programs to strengthen the pipeline of talented scientists and well-informed decision makers.  We conduct programs such as 3MT® because we need more management-minded scientists and more science-minded managers.  Through this, we are developing future leaders that are effective communicators, well-grounded in applied science.

The 4th Annual East Foundation Three Minute Thesis competition will take place during the summer of 2020 (exact date to be announced) in Kingsville, Texas at the Tio and Janell Kleberg Wildlife Research Park.


Why Compete?

  • improve your ability to communicate science to people who are not scientists
  • hone your “elevator speech”
  • promote your research to decision makers
  • significant cash awards
  • because it is the right thing to do


The competition is open to all graduate students working on the East Foundation’s lands – both MS and PhD.  All 3MT® presentations will be professionally videoed.

Contact Information

For general information concerning the competition, please contact Tyler Campbell, Ph.D. at tcampbell@eastfoundation.net

Submit all presentation information and slide content to Maria Hernandez at mhernandez@eastfoundation.net