3MT: Three Minute Thesis

Graduate College 3MT Competition

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Faculty/staff:
If you would like to be a judge for the 3MT Preliminary Competitions, please complete the judge application.

Participation Timeline

  • September 24, 2018: Application deadline to be considered for the 3MT competition.
  • October 4, 2018: Applicants will be notified regarding their selection for the 3MT competition.
  • October 8, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at 2105 Pearson: Information Session. Competitors must attend one of two Information Sessions.
  • October 9, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at 2105 Pearson: Information Session. Competitors must attend one of two Information Sessions.
  • October 18, 2018: Contestants need to have the exact titles of their presentations and their slides submitted to the Graduate College.
  • October 23, 2018, 2:10 - 5:00 p.m.: Preliminary Heats. Rooms to be announced.
  • November 5, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at 2157 Pearson: Final Competition
  • March 20 - 22, 2019: Regional Competition for the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools. (Winner must be able to attend.)



The ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex research to non-specialist audiences is a vital skill for all graduate students. Participating in the Graduate College’s 3MT competition helps students develop communication skills, allows them to share and take pride in their work, and offers the chance to compete for prizes.

What is 3MT?

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Eligibility

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Prizes

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Judging Criteria

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Contact

3MT Committee (3mtcompetition@iastate.edu):
Sarah Huffman
Katie Blair
Denise Vrchota
Judy Strand

2017 3MT winners

2017 Winner: Alex Wrede

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Presentation: Studying Microbubbles to Treat Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

2017 Runner Up: Vivek Lawana

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Presentation: Parkinson’s Disease: An Unheard Tale of Microglia

2017 People’s Choice Award: Anuraag Boddupalli

Major: Chemical and Biological Engineering

Presentation: Gels and Lasers for Better Healthcare

Video of the Whole Event

 

 

Online ISU Daily article: http://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/article_de420908-c353-11e7-8f2a-0fb7aa01a5c8.html

Thank you to all the volunteers (3MT committee, judges, time keepers, door keepers, and food set up people) that made the Three-Minute Thesis competition possible!