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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
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
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
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
Important 3MT Dates:
3MT Video Submission Deadline:
Friday, November 6, 2020
3MT Award Winners Announced:
Friday, November 20
Winners Fall 2019
Poster Presentation Winners
Poster Presentation Honorable Mention
3MT® Award Winners (11/1/19)
|1st Place||Dalia Lezzar||Engineering||$1,000|
|2nd Place||Victor Lincha||Pharmacy||$750|
|3rd Place||Lindamarie Olson||Social Work||$500|
|3rd Place||Madeleine Lu||Engineering||$500|
|Finalist||Jean Bodet III||CLASS||$250|
Poster Award Winners (11/1/19)
|1st Place||Justin Brantley||Engineering||$1,000|
|2nd Place||Faheem Ershad||Engineering||$750|
|3rd Place||Naomi Nubin||CLASS||$500|
|Honorable Mention||Cale Lewis||NSM||$250|
|Honorable Mention||Chaunte White||Education||$250|
|Honorable Mention||David Holguin||Architecture||$250|
|Honorable Mention||David Young||CLASS||$250|
|Honorable Mention||Dilranjan Wickramasuriya||Engineering||$250|
|Honorable Mention||Hannah Claussenius-Kalman||CLASS||Was not in attendance|
|Honorable Mention||Justin Shepherd||CLASS||Was not in attendance|
|Honorable Mention||Nishant Rao||CLASS||$250|
|Honorable Mention||Razia Sultana Mohammed||Pharmacy||$250|
Winners Spring 2019
Poster Presentation Winners
3MT® Award Winners (2/11/19)
|1st place (tie)|
|1st place (tie)|| Santoshi Ramachandran
Physiological Optics and Vision Science, Optometry
Strabismus: Seeing the World One Eye at a Time - 1:22:27
|2nd place|| Ming Chen
How We Look Reflects What We Want - 0:24:10
|3rd place||Andrew Rogers
Opioid and Cannabis Co-Use in Chronic Pain: Relations to Substance Misuse, Mental Health and Pain Experience - 0:42:36
|People’s Choice|| Isha Baheti
Communication Sciences, CLASS
Development of Hindi Version of the Consensus of Auditory Perception Evolution - 0:46:32
Poster Award Winners (2/11/19)
|2nd place (tie)||
|2nd place (tie)||Musa Ozturk
Biomedical Engineering, Cullen College of Engineering
Quantitative Keyboard Tapping Measurement Correlates with the Changes in Neural Signals of Parkinson's Patients
|3rd place (tie)||Naghmeh Hassanzadeh Khayyat
TRPC6 inactivation does not Protect Against Diabetic Kidney Disease
|3rd place (tie)||Shreesti Shrestha
Role of microRNA-322/503 Cluster in Heart Disease
|People’s Choice||Amir Khalafi
Construction Management, College of Technology
Immersive Augmented Reality (AR) Technology for Construction Safety Training