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Texas State 3MT®

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 3MT® University Final! 

First Place

Austin Leone, master's student in biology, presenting "How Different Teaching Approaches Relate to Learning"


Erika K. Nielson, Ph.D. student in developmental education, presenting "Students in Developmental Education Navigating a Mindfulness-Based Intervention"

People's Choice

Starla Thornhill, Ph.D. student in aquatic resources, presenting "Biofilm Growth and Control During Spaceflight"

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


2017 Texas State University 3MT® Competition Eligibility

Graduate students currently enrolled in a Texas State University research Ph.D. or Ed.D. program and master's students on a thesis track are eligible to compete. The presentation must include findings/outcomes of research, i.e., you cannot present your proposal; you must have at least preliminary findings. Read more about the presentation rules and judging criteria.

How it works

2017 Preliminary Group Rounds

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 master's student, overall runner-up and the people's choice winner to the University Final. 

2017 University Final Competition

Awards at the University Final Competition are not categorized by master's or doctoral level, and include 1st place and runner-up (awarded by judges) and people's choice (awarded by the audience). 1st place and runner-up can also win the people's choice because the latter is awarded separately by the audience in attendance at the 3MT®.


2017 University Preliminary Group

Awarded by judges:

  • 1st Place Doctoral: $150
  • 1st Place Master's: $150
  • Overall Runner-up: $100

Awarded by audience:

  • People's Choice: $50

2017 University Final

Awarded by judges:

  • 1st Place: $500
  • Runner-up: $350

Awarded by audience:

  • People’s Choice: $250


Previous Competitions

Need some inspiration? Watch students present their research in previous Texas State 3MT® Competitions:

You can also watch 3MT®  winners from competitions at other universities.

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2017 University Final Judges

2017 University Final Judges

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


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