Event date:
Mar 15 2021 11:00 am

The Second 3-Minute Thesis Competition in Mathematics

Jointly organised by the Department of Mathematics, LUMS, COMSATS University, Islamabad and IBA Sukkur
Held as part of “Pi (π) Day” Celebrations

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi Day is an annual opportunity for math enthusiasts to recite the infinite digits of Pi, talk to their friends about math, and to eat pie.

The department of Mathematics LUMS, in collaboration with COMSATS university Islamabad and IBA Sukkur, is organizing the second "3-minute thesis competition (math)" on the 15th of March as part of the (approximate) Pi Day celebrations.

The competition is for research-based masters and doctoral students who are working in any area that involves math and / or its applications. The winners of the competition will be decided by the jury.


What it is about:

  • An 80,000-word thesis takes 9 hours to present. Can you present your thesis in 3 minutes, and that too with just 1 slide?
  • Competitors use one static slide to explain the breadth and significance of their graduate research to a non-specialist audience within 3 minutes.


Masters’ or Doctoral students pursuing research in any area that involves math and/or its applications. Students from all over Pakistan are welcome.


  1. It helps you develop communication and public speaking skills.
  2. It enables you to communicate complicated research ideas in simple terms.
  3. As mathematics frequently interact and work with non-mathematicians in industry, this competition will help you to communicate with a non-technical audience.
  4. It will enhance your CV and the profile of your work.


  1. Only a single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted.
  2. No slide transitions, animations or movement of any kind are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  3. No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted.
  4. No additional props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  5. Presentations are limited to a maximum of 3 minutes. Participants that exceed 3 minutes will be disqualified.
  6. Presentations are to be in spoken word (i.e., no poems, raps or songs).



This is a virtual event and zoom link will be shared with registered participants.

For participation as a speaker or as an attendee, please fill this form: http://bit.ly/3bDpvSf

The registration link is http://bit.ly/3bDpv5f and the registration deadline has been extended to the 8th of March 2021.

Jointly organised by the Department of Mathematics, LUMS, COMSATS University, Islamabad and IBA Sukkur.


Focal Person:

Dr. Ali Ashher Zaidi (LUMS), ali.zaidi@lums.edu.pk

Dr. Sohail Iqbal (CUI), sohail_iqbal@comsats.edu.pk