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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 1, 2019

Rules and judging criteria can be found at


Contact your faculty advisor or email

Voiland College Qualifying Event

Thursday, March 7, 2019
ETRL 101 • 2 pm


  • 1st Place: $1,500 Scholarship for Fall 2019
  • 2nd Place: $1,000 scholarship for Fall 2019
  • 3rd Place: $500 scholarship for Fall 2019

Winner moves on to the WSU Competition.

WSU Competition

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Location TBD • 1 pm


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

Previous Winners

2018 Voiland College Qualifying Event Winner

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 on winning the Voiland College qualifying 3MT event.