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The 2017 3MT® Preliminary Rounds have concluded! The winners advancing to the 3MT® Texas State University Final are...

Preliminary Round Group 1

Archana, Erika, Arthi and Freda

Preliminary Round Group 1 – First Place Doctoral: Erika Nielson, Developmental Education  

Preliminary Round Group 1 – First Place Master's: Arthi Nagarajan, Computer Science

Preliminary Round Group 1 – Overall Runner-Up: Archana Gujjari, MSEC

Preliminary Round Group 1 – People's Choice: Freda Byson,  Adult, Professional, and Community Education

Preliminary Round Group 2

Joshua, Sonalee, Starla and Kathryn

Preliminary Round Group 2 – First Place Doctoral: Starla Thornhill, Aquatic Resources

Preliminary Round Group 2 – First Place Master's: Kathryn Parsley, Biology

Preliminary Round Group 2 – Overall Runner-Up: Sonalee Bhattacharyya, Mathematics Education

Preliminary Round Group 2 – People's Choice: Joshua Harris, Health and Human Performance 

Preliminary Round Group 3

Josi, Allison, Austin and Joni

Preliminary Round Group 3 – First Place Doctoral: Josi Robertson, Aquatic Resources

Preliminary Round Group 3 – First Place Master's: Allison Bordini, Biology

Preliminary Round Group 3 – Overall Runner-Up: Austin Leone, Biology

Preliminary Round Group 3 – People's Choice: Joni Schneider, Mathematics Education

Support graduate students by attending!

We encourage all members of the Texas State community to attend! (Plus, you can make your voice heard by voting for the People's Choice winner!)

Come for the presentations - stay for the snacks and door prizes!

University Final will take place Tuesday, April 4th from 10:00am-12:00pm in the LBJ Ballroom

Presentation Awards

Awards for Each University Preliminary Group

1st Place Doctoral $150

1st Place Master's $150

Overall Runner-up $100

People's Choice $50


Awards for University Final

1st Place $500

Runner-up $350

People's Choice $250

University Final Judges (listed alphabetically):

Samantha Armbruster, Director of Main Street San Marcos

Dr. Sherri Benn, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Texas State University

Steve Frayser, Executive Director of STAR Park, Texas State University

Daniel Guerrero, Assistant Dean of Students, Texas State University

Laura Murray, Director, Development, University Advancement, Texas State University

Terence Parker, Associate Director, Retention Management & Planning, Texas State University

The Honorable John Thomaides, Mayor, City of San Marcos

What is 3MT®?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) in which graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis / dissertation research and its significance.  3MT® is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research, but instead challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

The first 3MT® was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 students competing.  Enthusiasm for the 3MT® concept grew and it has now been adopted by numerous universities in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong and the United States.  The Graduate College is excited about providing our students the opportunity to participate in the Texas State University 3MT® Competition.

Why compete?

  • Promote your research
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Learn how to explain your research to a non-specialized audience
  • Develop your  “elevator pitch” discussions of your research (especially useful for  job interviews!).
  • Awards at both the preliminary and final rounds

Accept the challenge to distill your research into a three minute presentation that is understandable to individuals outside of your field and participate in the Texas State University 3MT® Competition.

Click here for details on the presentation rules and judging criteria.

Sample Videos

Videos from previous Texas State 3MT® competitions are available:




Videos of 3MT® winners from competitions at other universities are available at

The 2017 Texas State University 3MT® Competition Eligibility

Graduate students currently enrolled in a Texas State University research Ph.D. or Ed.D. program and masters students on a thesis track are eligible to compete. The presentation must include findings/outcomes of research (that is, it can’t be a proposal that is presented, there must be at least preliminary findings).

How the 2017 Competition Works

University Preliminary Group Rounds - March 22nd & 23rd, 2017

After the Introduction to the 3MT® Shop Talk, registered students will be assigned a group number in one preliminary round group. Groups will consist of doctoral and master's students. Each group will send the top scoring doctoral student, top scoring masters student, overall runner up and the people's choice winner to the University Final

University Final Competition - April 4th, 2017
The finalists will all compete in one final competition for one of three winning spots.

Questions about the 3MT®?

Send us an email at or give us a call at The Graduate College 512-245-2581