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Get ready for this year’s Three Minute Thesis

Panshak Dakup
Panshak Dakup, left, with WSU Provost Dan Bernardo. Dakup, a pharmaceutical sciences student from the College of Pharmacy, won last year’s Three Minute Thesis competition.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) will once again be part of Washington State University’s annual Showcase celebration of excellence. This year’s 3MT will take place on March 29 in the Spark Atrium. Prizes, in the form of travel awards for research conferences, will be $3,000 for the winner, $1,500 for second place and $500 for third.

Panshak Dakup, a pharmaceutical sciences student from the College of Pharmacy, won last year’s contest, in which doctoral students present their research/scholarship concisely – in no more than three minutes – to a non-specialist audience.

“Doctoral education is a critical element of the Drive-to-25 and is a critical dimension of our research mission,” provost Dan Bernardo said. “This competition provides our doctoral candidates a valuable experience in taking their complex research and distilling it into a form understandable to a lay audience.  It is one of my favorite events of the academic year.”

Each college, or campus, that wants to send a representative to the main event, hosts its own event first. The winners from the respective events than qualify for the university-wide competition. This year, the following have already committed to participating:

  • Carson College of Business
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Murrow College of Communication
  • Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
  • WSU Vancouver

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3MT began at the University of Queensland in Australia in 2008. In spring 2014, the WSU College of Education hosted the first 3MT event at WSU; in 2015, the contest expanded to all colleges.

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