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Graduate School to Host Third Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition

Amanda Bowman

October 24, 2017


Students participating in the competition use only one PowerPoint slide in an attempt to concisely present their research in three minutes or less.


The Texas Tech University Graduate School will again celebrate the research of its students with the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition Thursday (Oct. 26). The competition is designed to cultivate graduate students' academic, presentation and research communication skills by allowing them to explain their thesis or dissertation to a non-specialist audience in three minutes or less and using only one, static PowerPoint slide.

“The 3MT® competition is a fast-paced and fun event that allows our students to share their research with a variety of people, both in academia and the community at large,” said Cari Carter, 3MT® coordinator. “This event helps students refine public speaking skills, and how to be concise and get their point across in just three minutes.”

Four heats will be held in the morning, with the top three students from each heat competing in the afternoon final. The final event will be held in the Mesa Room of the Student Union Building from 1-3:30 p.m. The final presentations, which are free and open to the public, will feature a judging panel including Fox 34 anchorman Jeff Klotzman and KAMC-TV meteorologist Ron Roberts.

Klotzman and Roberts also served as judges in the 2016 competition. Doctoral candidate and environmental toxicology student Amanda French won first place for her presentation on research regarding toxicokinetics and sources of lead in the American Woodcock.

“The 3MT® competition was an incredible experience for me,” French said. “It forced me to really think about the bottom line of my research and how I wanted my research to be impactful for general audiences. Attending the regional competition in Annapolis, Maryland, was a great networking opportunity and allowed me to discuss my research with students and administrators from the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools region.”

All currently enrolled master's thesis and doctoral dissertation students are eligible to participate in the competition. Participants are evaluated on their ability to provide judges with a clear understanding of their research topic and its background, significance and outcomes, as well as the engagement and enthusiasm of their presentation.

The winner will be announced Thursday afternoon and will receive a prize of $300, with a prize of $200 awarded to second place, and $100 each awarded to third place and the people's choice winner.

More information is available at the Three Minute Thesis website.

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