An 80,000-word thesis could take hours to present. Their time limit... 3 minutes!
In the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, graduate students convey the essence and importance of their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation research in an engaging way to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes using one static Power Point slide.
3MT is a research communication competition originally developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008. Over time the contest has exploded in popularity, and 3MT contests now occur worldwide at over 600 universities/institutions across 65 countries.
3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or ‘dumbing-down’ research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. The challenge for participants is to take all the months spent on
research and writing their thesis or dissertation and distill it down to
a three-minute summary! Up for grabs are cash
prizes and a chance to represent Ball State in the regional 3-Minute
The Finals for the next round of the competition is set for Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Emens Auditorium. Watch this page for upcoming information about how to participate in the 2020 3MT Competition.
In the meantime meet our 2019 winners and catch a glimpse of the research work done by some of Ball State’s brightest and most innovative graduate students.
2019 Winning Videos
2019 3MT Finalists
(left to right)
Melinda Zurcher, Dayna Arnett, Byron Long, Melodie Griffin, Rebecca Rudolph, Jordan Patterson, Kirsten Vacura, Christopher Reinhart, Anna Farello, Nathan Edwards
2019 3MT Winners
(left to right)
Byron Long (Second Place)
Kirsten Vacura (First Place)
Dayna Arnett (Third Place and People's Choice)
2019 First Place:
Kirsten Vacura, Biology
"Invasion superhighways: How fishing paves the way for the spread of exotic species"
Advisor: Dr. Paul Venturelli, Biology
2019 Second Place:
Byron Long, Counseling Psychology
"The Insecure Brain and Brief Meditiation"
Advisor: Dr. Kristin Perrone-McGovern, Counseling Psychology
2019 Third Place
People's Choice Award:
Dayna Arnett, Chemistry
"Binding Studies of mitoNEET with Products of Lipid Peroxidation"
Advisor: Dr. Mary Konkle, Chemistry
As Ball State's overall winner, Kirsten Vacura represented Ball State at the 3MT competition held at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools in St. Louis, Missouri where she placed in the top 8 out of 45 finalists!
For more information, please contact Dr. Nathan Hitchens.