Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition – 2023

The Graduate School proudly presents the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition!

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland in Australia. Graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis/internship/research project and its significance. The exercise fosters academic, presentation, and research communication skills while developing students’ abilities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. All graduate students working on a thesis, internship, or research project are eligible.

This year’s competition was held on Monday, November 6, from 4-6 p.m., at the School of Education Alumni Center. Our first-place winner will go on to the regional 3MT® competition at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools annual meeting in Greenville, SC on March 13-15, 2024.

Presenters for the annual 3MT competition

  • – A single static PowerPoint slide (no slide transitions, animations, or movement of any description; the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration) is permitted.
  • – No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted.
  • – No additional props (e.g., notecards, costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • – Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • – Presentations are to be memorized in spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps, or songs).
  • – Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
  • – The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
  • – Students will be judged on the quality of their presentation’s content, comprehension, audience engagement and communication.

Special thank you to our judges Demetria Noisette Clemons, Jannette Finch, and Sara Stevenson

Student Awards

1st place: $500 and an opportunity to participate in the regional competition

2nd place: $250

People’s Choice: $200

We had a total of 6 outstanding presentations across marine biology, environmental and sustainability studies, and creative writing. Our graduate students are truly making an impact in their communities and beyond!

Watch our 2023 Winners on YouTube

First Place: Jesi Gibbs, M.S. Marine Biology presented “Do Shrimps Feel Pain? Research to Inform Welfare Policy for Decapod Crustaceans”

Second Place and People’s Choice: Maggie Knight, M.S. in Marine Biology presented “Development of a Method to Detect and Quantify Phthalate Metabolites in Blubber of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncates).”

Annie Grimes, M.F.A. Creative Writing – “Can I Tell You A Story?”

Campbell Sullivan, M.F.A. Creative Writing – “I Hope You Laugh: Tying in Humor and Thoughtfulness into Storytelling About Everyday Life”.

Briar Ownby-Connolly, M.S. Environmental and Sustainability Studies – “Analyzing Flows in TR-55: Stormwater Management Implications for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed”.

Badriyeh Diab M.S. Environmental and Sustainability Studies – “From Their Home Country University to a U.S. University: A Comparative Study of the Sustainability Endeavors of International Students”.

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