Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Second Annual 3-Minute Thesis Competition

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An 80,000 word Ph.D. thesis would take nine hours to present. Their time limit... 3 minutes.

Join us for the Second Annual University-wide 3MT® Competition, sponsored by the Graduate School and featuring finalists from collegiate- and campus-level competitions. 

The Graduate School at the University of Minnesota is proud to be one of more than 200 institutions across 18 countries hosting a 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition this year. Originally established by the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008, the competition challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a general audience in just three minutes, with the aid of a single, static slide.

The student selected as the winner will represent the University of Minnesota at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3-Minute Thesis competition. In addition, participants will be invited to present their research at an upcoming Board of Regents meeting.

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December 1, 2017


Presentations: 9-10 a.m. | Reception & Winner Announced: 10-10:30 a.m. 


402 Walter Library


  • Irene Bueno Padilla, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ruben D’Sa, College of Science & Engineering
  • Madeleine Orr, College of Education & Human Development
  • Amritha Yellamilli, Medical School


  • Elisia Cohen, Director of School of Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Carissa Slotterback, Associate Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Steve Manson, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, College of Liberal Arts

Don’t miss this fast-paced and entertaining event! Light refreshments will be provided.

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About the Event

The 3-Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition that challenges students to communicate the significance of their projects without the use of props or industry jargon, in just three minutes. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to quickly explain their research in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience leaving them wanting to know more.