March 29: Three Minute Thesis returns

The 2022 3MT winner James Asare (left) and College of Education Dean Mike Trevisan.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) will return to Washington State University’s annual Showcase, on March 29 at 1 p.m. in The Spark Atrium. This year’s 3MT will also be streamed online. 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.

James Asare, a doctoral student from the College of Education, 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.

Provost and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Chilton said 3MT is a highlight of Showcase.

“It’s critical that researchers everywhere, particularly WSU graduate students, can communicate their work in a way that is understandable and compelling to a wide audience,” Chilton said. “This unique competition allows our doctoral candidates to practice taking their complex research and translating it into a concise and easily understandable message. I encourage our university community to attend this year’s 3MT event to hear our student’s impactful work.”

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 then qualify for the university-wide competition. This year, the following committed to participating:

  • Carson College of Business
  • College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
  • WSU Tri-Cities
  • WSU Vancouver

3MT began at the University of Queensland (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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