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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.

Congratulations Boise State competitors!

Statewide Three Minute Thesis

On February 23, graduate students from Boise State, Idaho State, and University of Idaho competed in the Idaho Three Minute Thesis competition to each present their research in three minutes or less. Three of our Boise State competitors placed at the event:

  • First Place – $1,000 Ember Sikorski, Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D.
  • Second Place – $750 Luke Telfer, Hydrologic Sciences, M.S.
  • People’s Choice – $250 Bryan Rosenblatt, Geophysics, M.S.

Sam Haskell, a master’s student in Communication, also represented Boise State. Congratulations to all the 3MT competitors for a fantastic day showcasing Idaho graduate research!

Boise State Competitors

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Origin of the 3MT

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Congratulations, Graduate Students!

2021 Three Minute Thesis Winners

  • First Place – $750
    Luke Telfer, Hydrologic Sciences-MS
  • Second Place – $500
    Ember Sikorski, Materials Science and Engineering-PhD
  • Third Place – $250
    Sam Haskell, Communication-MA
  • Audience Choice – $250
    Bryan Rosenblatt, Geophysics-MS
  • Honorable Mention – $150
    Elise Overgaard, Biomolecular Sciences-PhD

Three Minute Thesis at Boise State

The 2021 Three Minute Thesis competition was hosted as a live webinar on Tuesday, February 2. Presentation recordings will be made available soon.

The top four winners move into the statewide competition on February 23. 

Competitor Information

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Judging Panel and Criteria

Meet the 2021 judging panel!

Evolution of the Boise State 3MT

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About the 3MT

Learn more about the competition below!

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

The Three Minute Thesis competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills, and celebrates exciting graduate research taking place at Boise State.

Winning participants earn opportunity to move on to the statewide Three Minute Thesis competition, where they compete with graduate students from University of Idaho and Idaho State University.

Participant Information

Participants of the 3MT competition will be judged based on the following:

Communication Style: Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?

Comprehension: Did the presentation help the audience to understand the research?

Engagement: Did the oration make the audience want to know more?


Participants contend for first, second, and third place awards as determined by a panel of judges from the Boise community. Students are also eligible to win an audience choice award based on audience votes.

First Place: $750
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250
Audience Choice: $250

Previous 3MT Competitions

History of the 3MT

The Three Minute Thesis competition was developed by the University of Queensland and celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students. The first 3MT® competition was held in 2008, and now the competition is held in over 600 universities across more than 65 countries worldwide. View winning presentations from around the globe.

The competition cultivates student’s academic, presentation, and research communication skills, and helps graduate students to effectively explain their research in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

In spring of 2016, the Graduate College hosted the first Boise State University Three Minute Thesis competition.

2020 Award Winners

  • First Place: Rachel Phinney – Health Promotion, MHS
  • Second Place: Lisa Roggenbuck – Visual Arts, MFA
  • Third Place: Allison Borzoni – English, Rhetoric and Composition, MA
  • Third Place: Cristina Barber Alvarez-Buylla – Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, PhD
  • Audience Choice: Sherise Porchia – Counseling, MA

2019 Award Winners

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

2018 Award Winners

  • First Place: Sepideh Rastegar – Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD
  • Second Place: AuraLea Fain – Kinesiology, MS
  • Audience Choice: Nikki Cannon – Communication, MA