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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition challenging Ph.D. students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in three minutes or less to a non-technical audience.

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 wider audience.

Eligibility and Rules

Open to all doctoral candidates in good standing who have completed preliminary exams by the nomination deadline.

Nomination Deadline: Thursday, March 4, 2021

Rules and judging criteria can be found at


Contact your faculty advisor or email

Voiland College Qualifying Event

Thursday, March 11, 2021
2 pm – Zoom


  • 1st Place: $1,500 Scholarship for Fall 2021
  • 2nd Place: $1,000 scholarship for Fall 2021
  • 3rd Place: $500 scholarship for Fall 2021

Winner moves on to the WSU Competition.

WSU Competition

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
7 pm – Northwest Public Broadcasting


  • 1st Place: $3,000 travel stipend
  • 2nd Place: $1,500 travel stipend
  • 3rd Place: $500 travel stipend

Previous Voiland College Qualifying Event Winners


Ashley Vu – Mechanical Engineering
Thesis: Essential Elements, Vitamins, and Natural Medicinal Additives in Calcium Phosphate Ceramics for Bone Tissue Engineering

Ashley Vu


Ayumi Manawadu – Civil Engineering
Thesis: Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of Concrete using Smart Piezo Modules (SPM)

Ayumi Manawadu.
Ayumi Manawadu


Dishary Banerjee – Mechanical Engineering
Thesis: Calcium phosphate ceramics and natural medicine for bone tissue engineering

Dishary Banerjee shaking Dean Mary Rezac's hand.
Dean Mary Rezac congratulates Dishary Banerjee