Three Minute Thesis Competition

Results from the 2015 3MT Competition

 

OVERALL Competition Winner:

  Samuel Nkrumah-Agyeefi

 

PhD 1st Place Competition Winner:

  Samuel Nkrumah-Agyeefi

MASTER’S 1st Place Competition Winner:

  Kiruthika Sundararajan

 

PhD Runner Up Winner:

  Zachary Whitfield

MASTER’S Runner Up Winner:

  Aniket Maharanwar

 

PhD People’s Choice Winner:

  Tom Stockman

MASTER’S People’s Choice Winner:

  Kiruthika Sundararajan

 

 

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The Graduate School is proud to present the 4th Annual Three Minute Thesis and Dissertation Competition! After David Gray and Aleksandra Pivovarova's impressive regional wins over the last two years, we are excited to see what our students have in store for us! 

Sign up early as space is limited. What do you have to lose? After all, it's only 3 Minutes.

Registration

If you are interested in participating, please complete the online entry form.

November 20 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in Wilson Hall 168


 

Winners from the Fall 2014 3MT competition!

Masters 3MT Competition Winner:

 Aleksandra Pivovarova - $250 Prize

TARGETING CANCER'S SWEET TOOTH

Masters Runner Up Winner:

 Kara Million - $100 Prize

A TALE OF TWO ORGANISMS: COEVOLUTION BETWEEN DARTERS AND GILL PARASITES

Masters People’s Choice Winner:

 Aleksandra Pivovarova - $50 Prize

TARGETING CANCER'S SWEET TOOTH

PhD 3MT Competition Winner:

  Satyajeet Padhi - $250 Prize

DYNAMICS OF SHRUB FIRES UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF WIND USING PHYSICS-BASED MODELING

PhD Runner Up Winner:

  Jerry Sweafford - $100 Prize

WALKING BLIND: DESIGN OF A STABLE WALKING CONTROLLER FOR A HUMANOID ROBOT

PhD People’s Choice Winner:

  Brandilynn Wilson - $50 Prize

THE LEAKY GUT: NOT A HOGWARTS HANGOUT

 


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What is a 3MT?

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia for research students. Graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis/dissertation and its significance. 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or "dumbing-down" research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. (UAH includes PhD and DNP research in the competition.)

Why Participate in 3MT?

At UAH, 3MT is part of an effort to provide students with an opportunity to develop their oral communication and presentation skills. It also provides a valuable opportunity for research students to come together, get to know one another and talk about their research in a supportive environment.

Prizes

For each category (Masters and PhD/RND)
First Place $250.00,
Runner Up $100.00
People's Choice $50.00.

The overall winner will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to represent UAH at the regional 3MT Competition held by the Council of Graduate Schools Deans at their annual spring meeting (date and time will be announced). This provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity.

Rules and Regulations

Participants must be able to explain their research or scholarly/creative projects in standard non-disciplinary English to a general audience (the public) in 3 minutes with the help of only one static PowerPoint slide.

Eligibility:

  1. Currently enrolled graduate student in good standing at UAH
  2. The topic must come from a research or scholarly/creative project of significant scope (thesis, dissertation, capstone research, product of learning).
  3. The topic must be interesting enough to hold the attention of a nonspecialist; think Smithsonian magazine, Discovery Channel.

Rules:

  • ONE single static PowerPoint slide is permitted - no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound or video) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g., costumes, instruments, equipment) are permitted.
  • Competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, songs) in English.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced as soon as a presenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
  • Presentations must be aimed at the educated non-specialist; no disciplinary jargon or specialized vocabulary can be used unless the explanation is part of the three minutes.

Judging:

The competition will be judged by a panel of individuals from the community, industry, and/or alumni.

Questions?

Please contact Midori Maloney. For more information visit the 3MT website.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the online entry form.


Last year's winners:

 

MASTER'S JUDGES' CHOICE

1st Place:

David Gray, Biological Sciences
Lateral Gene Transfer: Stranger than (Science) Fiction 

After winning at UAH, David was competed at the Regional 3MT competition in San Antonio, Texas where he won the grand prize! To read more about his win and to see him recreate his presentation, check out his UAH News article.

 

Runner Up:

Stephanie Cunningham, Engineering
A Novel Mammogram Registration Algorithm for Improving Breast Cancer Detection

People's Choice:

Sarah Coker, Biological Sciences
It's Not You, It's Dopamine!

 

PHD JUDGES' CHOICE

1st Place AND People's Choice:

Sreekar Nidadavolu, Biological Science
Virulence Factor BcSnod 1 from Botytis Cinerea