Three Minute Thesis

The ninth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at Kent State University was held this Fall!

3MT was developed at The University of Queensland and is now offered at hundreds of universities across the world. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills, as well as supports the development of graduate students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent, but non-specialist audience. 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or 'dumbing-down' research but forces competitors to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries. 

The trademarked name of this event is Three Minute Thesis, but students are able to present research they are conducting for a thesis, dissertation, terminal project, or any other research project in which they are engaged. Students may present on research that is in progress. All currently enrolled graduate students are eligible to participate and compete for cash prizes. Students are given just three minutes and one PowerPoint slide that they can use to discuss their research in an engaging and concise manner. 3MT is great way to fine tune your research presentation skills, not to mention, you will be competing for cash prizes!

The Three Minute Thesis Competition featured two preliminary rounds. The top presenters from each preliminary round advanced to the 3MT Finals. During the finals, an interdisciplinary panel of judges awarded prizes to the top three presenters. Audience members voted for the People's Choice Award. 

Congratulations to our Fall 2023 Three Minute Thesis Award Recipients! You can view all of the final presentations on our Kaltura channel. 

  • 1st Place: Mandalynn Slupek, Biomedical Sciences, Getting the "NAC" of Being Drug Free
  • 2nd Place: Elaheh Zabziyan Varnousfaderani, Aeronautics and Engineering, Bird Strike Prevention Using Bird Movement Prediction
  • 3rd Place: Pratyusha Ghanta, Biomedical Sciences, Stopping Lung Cancer in it's Tracks
  • People's Choice: Marwan Shalih, Biological Sciences, Protective Role of Betaine Against Demyelination in Multiple Sclerosis

You can prepare for the next 3MT competition by:


  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $200
  • People's Choice: $200