The Graduate School congratulates our Three Minute Thesis (3MT) winners

Winner: Paty Abril-Gonzalez (Holt)

"Latinx Bilingual Students’ Voices Matter: Transforming Education with Love"

Second place: Rebecca Nevin

"Cosmic Thanksgiving"

People’s Choice: Javier Orjuela-Koop

"Michael Phelps and the Early Universe"

Watch this short compilation video from the 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

Graduate School presents the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

The Graduate School of the University of Colorado Boulder will host its inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom. Competitors will describe their thesis in three minutes, using only one static slide, in front of a panel of four judges and a live audience. This event is free and open to the public.

3MT, founded by the University of Queensland in 2008, is an academic competition that cultivates students’ presentation and research communication skills, and challenges them to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props.

“This is a terrific opportunity for our graduate students to learn these critical communications skills,” said Ann Schmiesing, dean of the Graduate School. “In today’s world, knowing how to succinctly describe complicated research to a general audience might help lead to securing a grant or landing a job. We are thrilled that we can provide this opportunity to our grad students at CU Boulder.”

From an open solicitation to participate in 3MT, the Graduate School received 24 competitors, all of whom had the opportunity to work individually with Leslie Blood from the Writing Center, participate in a workshop with Front deRanged Improv Comedy Troupe to develop confidence and spontaneous communication skills, and attend a peer review session with Eric Klinger, the director of the Writing Center, where they received a critique of their presentations and slides. Competitors were then videotaped for a team of internal judges, using the 3MT criteria, to determine the finalists.

Judges for the Feb. 20 competition, selected from CU Boulder and the community, include Russ Moore, provost and executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs; Marcia Yonemoto, professor of history and director of the CU Graduate Teacher Program; Jim Williams, retired dean of the CU libraries; and, Marty Coffin Evans, president of the Boulder Rotary Club. Bud Coleman, theater professor and CU in D.C. director, will be the master of ceremonies.

The first-place winner will receive $1,500 in research funds and the opportunity to represent the university at the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) competition on March 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Graduate School will provide the funding for this trip. The runner-up will receive $750 in research funds, and the People’s Choice winner will receive $500 in research funds. All winners will receive a video of their 3MT presentation.