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  • Poster Presentations


    These are the winners of Graduate Research Showcase Virtual Poster Session in no discernable order.

    Mahsa Bitaab
    Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
    Dinh Bui
    College of Pharmacy
    Abhijit Chakraborty
    College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    Pak Wing Chen
    Cullen College of Engineering
    Huong Dau
    College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    Danielle Llaneza
    College of Education
    Gulsah Malgir
    Cullen College of Engineering
    Mikhail Mekhedkin
    College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    OSAKPOLOR EKI Obakpolor
    College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    Lotanna Ohazuruike
    Cullen College of Engineering 
    Surya Pratap Solanki
    Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering(Cullen College of Engineering)

    **Deadlines for Poster Sessions Extended**


    The University of Houston Graduate School is hosting the university-wide Graduate Research Showcase virtual poster session starting March 22, 2021. This event is intended to showcase the breadth and depth of groundbreaking research being undertaken by UH graduate students across disciplines, as well as to offer opportunities for cross-disciplinary networking. The event will feature a virtual poster session. The top 10 graduate student winners will be eligible to receive a $250 scholarship award.

    Poster Session

    The poster session will feature virtual posters by graduate students. While poster presentations are common to some disciplines (STEM, education, etc.), the goal is to encourage participation across the university and to include all areas of research. No particular format for the posters is required and each will be considered in relation to the research or creative products associated with its discipline. The Graduate School will work with students to help prepare them for this opportunity. The posters will be judged by a panel of judges from a variety of disciplines.

    Submission Criteria

    The graduate student applicant should have research experience, the ability to communication their research to a lay audience and should be a registered graduate student (masters or doctoral level) in good standing with their respective college. Applications to participate must be submitted online no later than March 3, 2021Final posters will be due March 10, 2021 as a single pdf with the file name format as follows: StudentUHID_LastName_FirstName.pdf. to

    Apply to Poster Session 

    Logo Policy

    Participants must follow the UH logo guidelines as mentioned here.  Please note that we recommend using one (1) UH logo and outline the partnering groups in text, using multiple UH logos are not permissible.  The recommended poster templates can be found here Poster . If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Chastyne Blacklock or


  • 3-Minute Thesis


    A 3-minute thesis, or 3MT®, is a skill development activity that challenges graduate students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. Besides the time limitation, students are also limited to a single static PowerPoint slide with no additional electronic media or props. Participating in a 3MT® competition comes with various benefits. The competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Additionally, students increase their capability to communicate their research to a non-specialized audience. Due to the pandemic, this year’s competition will be virtual.  Students will submit a prerecorded 3MT video. The UH 3MT® competitor’s guide and 3MT® Examples are available to assist you in preparing for the 3MT competition.

    Submission Criteria

    • The graduate student applicant should have research experience, the ability to communicate their research to a lay audience and should be a registered graduate student (masters or doctoral level) in good academic standing.
    • 3MT videos must be submitted by November 6, 2020. Submission instructions will be provided to registered participants.
    • Students will be notified of the outcome of competition no later than November 20, 2020
    • If you have any questions, please contact
    • 3MT registration form here.
    • Media Release Form
    • Winners of the 3MT  competition will receive awards ranging from $250 to $1000.  The UH 3MT winner may compete at the regional competition hosted by the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools in the spring.

    Training sessions

    To learn more about the 3MT competition, register for these training sessions: 

    3MT Training Session #1: Getting Started
    In this session, you will learn about this year’s virtual 3MT competition.  Slide design and tips for communicating your research to a nonspecialist audience will be discussed.  You will develop an elevator pitch that will be the starting point for your 3MT presentation.

    Presented by Dr. Sarah Larsen, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
    Wednesday, October 7, 4-5 pm, Zoom

    Register here.

    3MT Training Session#2: Tips for a Winning Presentation 
    In this session, experts from the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, Dr. Jennifer Vardeman and Dr. Priscilla Tinsley, will provide tips for effectively communicating your research in the 3MT competition.

    Presented by Dr. Jennifer Vardeman and Dr. Priscilla Tinsley, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication.
    Monday, October 19, 2-3 pm 

    Register here.

    3MT Live Practice Sessions
    Practice your 3MT presentation and get feedback from your peers

    Friday, October 23, 10-11 am
    Tuesday, October 27, 7-8 pm

    Register here.

    Important 3MT Dates: 

    3MT Video Submission Deadline:
    Friday, November 6, 2020

    3MT Award Winners Announced:
    Friday, November 20


To view Graduate research showcase events of past years, click here.