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Three Minute Thesis Preliminary Rounds

The Division of Graduate Studies will be hosting our second annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition this Fall.

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 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 were able to present research they are conducting for a thesis, dissertation, terminal project, or any other research project they are engaged in.  Students could present on research that is in progress.  All currently enrolled graduate students were eligible to participate and compete for cash prizes. Students were given just three minutes and one powerpoint slide that they can use to discuss their research in an engaging and concise manner.

The preliminary rounds will be held at 12pm on September 28, 29, and 30 in 310AB Kent Student Center.  The top presenters from each preliminary round will advance to compete in the Kent State University 3MT Finals on Friday, October 7 at 12pm in the Kiva.

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