Three Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition challenges graduate students to present their thesis or dissertation topic in just three minutes + one slide.

2020 Statewide Three Minute Thesis

Congratulations to our statewide 3MT winners!

Rachel Phinney and Dylan Gomes placed second and third, respectively in the statewide Three Minute Thesis competition, held on February 19, 2020.

Thank you to our other Boise State competitors, Cristina Barber and Lisa Roggenbuck, for representing Boise State and graduate education in Idaho!

Tune In:

Rachel Phinney was featured on Boise State Public Radio’s Idaho Matters prior to the statewide competition. See the full story and listen to the segment here.

2020 Boise State Three Minute Thesis

Boise State 3MT Winners

First Place ($750):
Rachel Phinney, Health Promotion, MHS

Second Place ($500):
Lisa Roggenbuck, Visual Arts, MFA

Third Place ($250):
Allison Borzoni, English, Rhetoric and Composition, MA

Third Place ($250):
Cristina Barber Alvarez-Buylla, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, PhD

Audience Choice ($250):
Sherise Porchia, Counseling, MA

Three Minute Thesis


An 80,000 word PhD thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit... 3 minutes.

Award Winners

In April, the Graduate College presented $2,000 in awards to graduate students who placed in the Three Minute Thesis Competition.

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Previous 3MT Award Winners


  • First Place ($750): Alexander Regner, Materials Science and Engineering, MS
  • Second Place ($500): Roxanne Stone, Interdisciplinary Studies, MS
  • Third Place ($250): Nick Pollock, Geosciences, PhD
  • Audience Choice ($250): Vannessa Campfield, Chemistry, MS
  • Audience Choice ($250): Rezvan Joshaghani, Computer Science, MS


  • First Place: Sepideh Rastegar (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D.)
  • Second Place: AuraLea Fain (Kinesiology, M.S.)
  • Audience Choice: Nikki Cannon (Communication, M.A.)