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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: Monday, March 4, 2024 (5 pm).

Rules and judging criteria.


Contact your faculty advisor or email

Voiland College Qualifying Event

Date: March 11, 2024
Time: 1-2:30 pm
Venue: ETRL 101 (map)


  • 1st Place: $1,500 Scholarship for Fall 2024
  • 2nd Place: $1,000 scholarship for Fall 2024
  • 3rd Place: $500 scholarship for Fall 2024

Winner moves on to the WSU Competition.

WSU Competition

Date: March 27, 2024
Time: 1 pm
Venue: VBR 305 (map)


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

Voiland College Qualifying Event Winners

Zengran Sun.


Zengran Sun
Chemical Engineering

Thesis: The Switchable Method to Develop Efficient Catalysts

Devon McCornack.


Devon McCornack
Engineering Science

Thesis: Enhancing lateral flow assays (LFAs) with cationic isotachophoresis for bacterial and viral infection differentiation

Mohammad Aghababaei.


Mohammad Aghababaei
Civil Engineering

Thesis: Practical Modelling of Solute Transport in River Corridors

Arjak Bhattacharjee.


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.


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