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Three Minute Thesis (3MT™)

Your graduate research. 3 minutes. 1 slide.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students' capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

Doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their dissertation topic and its significance. 3MT™ is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries.

3MT™ Finalists are eligible for one of the three awards: 1st Place ($1,000), 2nd Place ($750), and the People’s Choice ($500) selected by the audience.


2021 3MT™ Winners and Finalists

Chris Omni - 1st place

Art Education
Blacktivating Joy: An Arts-based, Digital Storytelling Adventure of Black Womxn and Joy

Daryn Sagel - 2nd place

Computational Science
Modern Methods of Analyzing Fire Spread

Nidhi Walia - 2nd Place

Biological Science
To Understand the Role of Sulfite Reductase Enzyme in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Ana Sanchez Solarte - People's Choice

Teacher Education
Teachers Matter: Exploring Foreign Language Teachers’ Wellbeing, Their Instructional Practices and Their Links to Student Engagement

Fall 2020 3MT™

Mark Duslak (Educational Leadership & Policy Studies) and Matthew Martenson (Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences) finished first this year.  
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Fall 2019 3MT™

Judges selected Alyssa Henderson (Physics)and Sara Jones (Biomedical Sciences) as this year’s first-place winners.
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Fall 2018 3MT™ 

Doctoral student in biological science, Eve Humphrey took the fist place at this year 3MT competition and won $1,000. 
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Fall 2017 3MT™ 

For the first time, a student from the College of Education, Shannon Gooden (Teacher Education), won the $1,000 prize. 
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Fall 2016 3MT™

Madhuparna Roy(Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering)won first place in this year competition. 
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Fall 2015 3MT™

Aniket Ingrole (Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering) won first place in the 3MT™ competition. 
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Fall 2014 3MT™

Kimberly Smith (Neuroscience) won first place in this year 3MT™ competition. 
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