Three Minute Thesis

Nisreen Yamany, a doctoral student in English, won first place for her presentation at Kent State's Three Minute Thesis competition.
Nisreen Yamany, a doctoral student in English, takes first place at Kent State's 2019 Three Minute Thesis competition.


The Division of Graduate Studies hosted its fifth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Finals on Friday, October 25, 2019. Congratulations to all of our graduate students who presented their research at this year's Three Minute Thesis competition! We would especially like to commend our award-winners:

First place: Nisreen Yamany – Doctoral, English
Second place: Kirsten Maricic – Doctoral, Biomedical Sciences
Third place: Ryan Scoble – Master's, Theatre Studies
People's Choice Award: Payal Datta – Doctoral, Chemistry; and Nashrah Ahmad – Doctoral, Biomedical Sciences

View all award-winning presentations here


3MT was developed at the University of Queensland and is now offered at over 170 universities. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and 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 they are engaged in. 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.

Join us at the 3MT Finals will be held on Friday, October 25 in the Kiva. Top presenters from each preliminary round are selected to compete in the 3MT Finals for prizes of up to $500.

View a list of the 2019 Finalists

2019 Prize Amounts

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

View the Complete Rules and Judging Criteria