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  • 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

  • Poster Presentations

    The Fall 2020 Poster Presentations have been postponed due to COVID-19.

    If you have any questions, please contact

Winners Fall 2019

  • 3MT® Winners

    3MT® Winners

  • 3MT® Finalist

    3MT® Finalist

  • Poster Presentation Winners

    Poster Presentation Winners

  • Poster Presentation Honorable Mention

    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 Adesola Saba Engineering $250
Finalist Autena Torbati Education $250
Finalist Brooke Kauffman CLASS $250
Finalist Elizabeth Davis NSM $250
Finalist Faheem Ershad Engineering $250
Finalist Hanan Qasim Pharmacy $250
Finalist Jean Bodet III CLASS $250
Finalist Musa Ozturk Engineering $250
Finalist Noor Abdulkareem Pharmacy $250
Finalist Qingqing Xu Pharmacy $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

  • 3MT® Participates

  • 3MT® Winners

  • Poster Presentation Winners

3MT® Award Winners (2/11/19)


1st place (tie)

Hannah Locke
Biology and Biochemistry, NSM
Upstairs, Downstairs,: Plants, Insects, and the Microbes that Serve Them - 1:04:21

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
Marketing, Business
How We Look Reflects What We Want - 0:24:10
3rd place Andrew Rogers
Psychology, CLASS
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)


1st place

Ronal Infante
Industrial Design, Hines College of Architecture
BENDIMU: Application of IMUs in Flexion/Extension Therapy

2nd place (tie)

Khob Bhandari
Physiological Optics, College of Optometry
Effects of Oral Caffeine on the Melanopsin Driven Pupil Response 

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
Biology, NSM
TRPC6 inactivation does not Protect Against Diabetic Kidney Disease
3rd place (tie) Shreesti Shrestha
Biology, NSM
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