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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.

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?

Awards

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

About the 3MT

Learn more about the competition below!

Three Minute Thesis at Boise State

The 2023 Three Minute Thesis competition will be hosted on Tuesday, January 31st. Past competitions are available to view on the Graduate College Youtube Channel.

The top four finalists move on to the statewide competition. 

Competitor Information

View the 2022 competitors!

Judging Panel and Criteria

Meet the 2022 judging panel!

Evolution of the Boise State 3MT

Learn more about the Boise State 3MT!
Congratulations Boise State competitors!

Statewide Three Minute Thesis

On February 15, 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:

Boise State Competitors

View the Boise State finalists!

Origin of the 3MT

Learn more about the 3MT!

WAGS (Western Association of Graduate Schools) Annual Conference 3MT Winners

During the WAGs Annual Conference, 15 graduate student competitors from universities around the western U.S. and Canada competed in a 3MT competition. They competed in two preliminary rounds, with six students proceeding to the finals. We are pleased to announce that the first-place winner was Boise State University student Dalton Miller!

Congratulations, Graduate Students!

2022 Three Minute Thesis Winners

  • First Place – $750
    Dalton Miller, Chemistry, M.S.
  • Second Place – $500
    Jessica Bernardin, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Ph.D.
  • Third Place – $250
    Jacob Manzi, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D.
  • Audience Choice – $250
    Rebecca Miller,Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D.

3MT News

The week of March 23rd the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) held its Annual Conference and hosted a 3MT competition. There were 15 graduate student competitors from universities from across the Western U.S. and Canada. During the WAGS competition they competed in 2 preliminary rounds, with 6 students competing in the final round.

Learn more about the WAGS 3MT competition and other 3MT competitions below

2022 WAGS 3MT Competition

Denver, Colorado
March 20-23, 2022
(Exact date/time TBD)

In 2022, WAGS will host its 6th-annual 3MT (research/scholarship presentation in 3 minutes) competition. 3MT presenters compete for cash prizes, bragging rights in the west, and an opportunity to participate in a national 3MT competition.

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.

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