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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: Friday, March 3, 2023 (5 pm).

Rules and judging criteria can be found at


Contact your faculty advisor or email

Voiland College Qualifying Event

Date: Friday, March 10, 2023 – 2 pm
Venue: ETRL 101 (in-person event) or watch via Zoom.


  • 1st Place: $1,500 Scholarship for Fall 2023
  • 2nd Place: $1,000 scholarship for Fall 2023
  • 3rd Place: $500 scholarship for Fall 2023

Winner moves on to the WSU Competition.

WSU Competition

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 – 1 pm
Venue: The Spark


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

Voiland College Qualifying Event Winners


Mohammad Aghababaei

Civil Engineering

Thesis: Practical Modelling of Solute Transport in River Corridors


Arjak Bhattacharjee

Materials Science and Engineering

Thesis: Effect of Essential Elements and Naturally Derived Molecules on Improving Biological and Mechanical Properties of Additively Manufactured Calcium Phosphate Based Scaffolds and Plasma Sprayed Coatings


Ashley Vu

Mechanical Engineering

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


Ayumi Manawadu.
Ayumi Manawadu

Civil Engineering

Thesis: Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of Concrete using Smart Piezo Modules (SPM)


Dishary Banerjee shaking Dean Mary Rezac's hand.
Dishary Banerjee
Mechanical Engineering

Thesis: Calcium phosphate ceramics and natural medicine for bone tissue engineering