3 Minute Research Slam

As of Fall 2020, 3-Minute Research Slam has been put on hold for undergraduate student researchers. The office of Undergraduate Research Scholars hopes to continue 3MRS in the future; however, we are unsure when this will take place. If our office hosts 3MRS for undergraduate student researchers again, we will post further information here, on DailyBlast, Instagram, Mine’s campus-wide calendar, and on our homepage. In the meantime, we encourage you to read this page to learn about what 3MRS looked like in the past. We also encourage you to check out the Three Minute Thesis webpage for graduate student researchers at Mines. We appreciate your understanding!

Three Minute Research Slam (3MRS)

3MRS competition challenges you to make a compelling video presentation of your undergraduate research in three minutes using language accessible to an educated but nontechnical audience. Participating in this competition is an excellent exercise to distill the significance of your research and communicate its relevance to a broader audience.

While preparing your three-minute pitch, you want to make sure to focus on the following:
What is your motivation? What is your proposed approach or solution? How will your work impact the broader community?

3MRS is an undergraduate version of The three-minute research (3MT) competition that was originally developed by The University of Queensland for graduate students. Most universities, including Mines, organize this competition annually for graduate students. We are adopting this idea for our undergraduate research scholars because it places emphasis on the importance of communicating the purpose and significance of their research with clarity to a broader audience–an invaluable skill for our emerging scholars.

Who Can Participate?

Any undergraduate student currently enrolled at Mines, and conducting original research with a faculty mentor can participate.

You can present your undergraduate research work, senior design research work or any creative work where you have made original contributions.

Group presentations are not accepted.


Winner: $500
1st runner-up: $300
2nd runner-up: $ 200
People choice: $ 250

All qualifying participants get a $10 gift card!

How to participate?

  • First stage: Video submission
    Submission dates – March 4th to April 5th.

You’ll create and upload a 3-minute video explaining your research and provide the link to view the video for our judging panel. Video recorded on your phone is acceptable to enter the competition. Please make sure the privacy settings are set correctly so that we can view your video.

If possible, please use the following format to name your video: Lastname_Major_2019 3MRS

Finalist will be announced on April 12th.

  • Second stage: Video recording with Trefny center
    Dates – April 15th to 18th

Finalist will make an appointment with Trefny center to record their 3-minute video along with a single power-point slide.

The campus will be allowed to vote for their favorite 3MRS video from Apr 19th to Apr 25th

  • Third Stage: Live finals

All finalist from the second stage of the competition will move on to the final stage to be held on April 25th (timing and venue to be announced”).