3-Minute Speech Competition Information

3-minute speech comp

To be eligible for this event, you must be a registered student at NMT.


Wednesday, April 15 @ 9:30AM, Fidel Ballrooms (A, B, & C)

[Note: Slides are due by 5pm on April 9th. See below for more information.]

Event Coordinator: Chandra Reed, 575.835.5535

This event is ideally suited for one presenter, although a team may register. Each competitor has three minutes to present, with one static PowerPoint slide. You will present their research topic, explain how the research is (or will be) conducted, and identify what impact it will have on the general or academic community.

Unlike the other two events (Posters and Oral Presentations), you do not need to submit an abstract for this competition.

To help prepare you for the competition, we offer workshops to assist you. In order for you to participate in the competition, you MUST ATTEND one of the 3-MINUTE SPEECH WORKSHOPS offered on MARCH 10 or 11. 

Register for one of the following workshops:

March 10 Workshop

 March 11 Workshop

Competition Prizes

The following prizes will be awarded to the top three competitors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels:

1st Place: $500 towards travel to present research at a conference

2nd Place: $250 towards travel to present research at a conference

3rd Place: 1 TB external hard drive

The Competition Rules & Judging Criteria provides invaluable information on the what the judges will be looking for during this competition. It also helps lay out the rules by which you must adhere.


There are workshops available for you to learn more about 3-Minute Speeches, and how to structure and present them, as well as the competition rules that you must follow. You are REQUIRED to participate in one of the workshops in order to participate. You will be disqualified if you do not attend.

Attending a workshop will also help you know what to expect. You can find workshop dates, information, and registration on the SRS Calendar of Events.


How will I know if I'm selected?

All applicants will be notified through email of your selection.

How will I be evaluated?

Interested in knowing what and how you will be evaluated? Here's the 3-Minute Speech Competition Evaluation Criteria & Rules.

Evaluation for the competition is done by two types of people: Judges and Reviewers.

The panel of judges will be front and center during your presentation. Using the criteria provided above, they will evaluate your presentation and provide feedback. The panel is generally made up of faculty and staff from NMT. The panel is pre-selected by the SRS Staff.

Reviewers can be anyone, and they provide anonymous, general feedback that occurs immediately after your presentation. Using iClickers, reviewers will answer a series of questions regarding your presentation. Anyone wishing to participate as a Reviewer will be given an iClicker at the door.

Judges will deliberate after all speeches are complete to award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in both the undergraduate and graduate levels (for a total of six awards). Detailed evaluations will be emailed to you after the SRS is over (please allow time for processing).

When do I need to give you my slide, and how do I get it to you?

All slides are due by 5pm on Friday, April 9. You can submit them electronically by sending an email to srs@nmt.edu with the subject title of 3-Minute Slide Submission. If you have any questions, or have issues with your submission, please contact the event coordinator.

How will I know if I win?

Winners for the 3-Minute Speech Competition will be announced after Poster Session 3 on Wednesday, April 14. They will also be announced on this website, social media, and in the Miner Weekly Blast.

Have other questions?

Please email us at srs@nmt.edu with any questions you may have. We're happy to help!


It's time to Register for your 3-Minute Speech slot!


Registration closes at 5pm on March 11.

Need more information or clarification?

For general information, please email srs@nmt.edu, or call 575.835.5614.

You may also directly contact one of the SRS staff below:

Sarah Obenauf:  575.835.5531;  sarah.obenauf@nmt.edu

Liz Lyons:  575.835.5001;  liz.lyons@nmt.edu

David Cox:  575.835.5030;  david.cox@nmt.edu


 The Student Research Symposium (SRS) is an initiative of the Office for Student Learning (OSL) and the Joseph R. Skeen Library. The SRS is further enriched by the support of the Office of Student Life, the Center for Graduate Studies, and the Student Government Association (SGA).