Massey University 3MT Competition - Doctoral


Entries this year are open to doctoral candidates undertaking research.  Doctoral candidates must have successfully passed their confirmation milestones.  Doctoral candidates whose thesis is under examination are eligible to compete; graduates are not eligible.  Finalists will be required to agree to media exposure for their presentation and research as the finals will be filmed. 

Massey University 3MT Prizes

  • Winner: $5000 into a research account (conference or research related expenses), plus travel and accommodation to represent Massey University in the Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition.
  • Runner Up: $2000 cash
  • Peoples' Choice $1000 cash 

Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition

The Massey University PhD final winner will participate in the 2017 Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition taking place on 29th September in Brisbane, Australia.  He or she will receive one-on-one training with Massey University's top public speaking experts.  For more information please visit the following webpage.


  • Winner: $5000 research travel grant
  • Runner Up: $2000 research travel grant
  • People's Choice: $1000 research travel grant

2017 Winner - Sherina Holland

PhD breast cancer researcher Sherina Holland won the Massey 3MT finals for 2017, held at the Speirs Centre, with her research on the “cross-talk” between breast cancer cells and immune cells that could lead to new understandings of and targeted treatment for the disease. She will go on to complete in the 2017 Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition taking place on 29th September in Brisbane, Australia.  We wish her all the best!

2016 Winner - Mark Roberts

Veterinary researcher, Mark Roberts beat 10 other finalists to win the PhD finals of the 2016 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition with his research on dog protein requirements.  Mark Roberts took home the $5000 first prize.

2015 Winner - Haley Hunt

Veterinary scientist Haley Hunt's PhD thesis investigating the link between poisoned plant-eating pigs and a mystery canine disorder won the Massey University Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) PhD finals held at the Manawatū campus.

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