Dr. Gerald H. Sanders Three Minute Thesis Competition

 Female student presenting at the 3 Minute Thesis Competition  Female student presenting at the 3 Minute Thesis Competition
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 Student contestant in front of a room presenting their research  Student contestant in front of a room presenting their research
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An 80,000-word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Your time limit... 3 minutes!

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an exercise that develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

The 3MT® hosted by the Graduate School every spring semester. Monetary prizes are awarded to the 1st Place ($1000), 2nd Place ($750), and 3rd Place ($500) presentations selected by a panel of judges. An additional award of the People's Choice ($1000) selected by the audience is also awarded. The 3MT® is sponsored in loving memory of Dr. Gerald Sanders, Chair of the Department of Communications, Miami University, 1981-1992. Donors include Dr. Guorong Jiang and Hongyan Tang. 

In 2023 the 3MT® Final Round will be held on Feb. 13,  at 4:00 p.m. with a location to be determined. Registration is open and preliminary rounds will be held Jan. 30 - Feb. 3 in Roudebush. Interested in learning more about the 3MT®? Email the Graduate School at gradschool@miamioh.edu.

2022 3MT® Competition Winners

First Place

Shiwanka Wanasinghe, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Second Place

Selena Mungur, Political Science

Third Place

Philip O'Dell, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

People's Choice

Madeline McKinney, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

Shiwanka Wanasinghe, Chemistry & Biochemistry


Past 3MT® Competition Winners

2021

First Place

Caroline Reges, Biology

Second Place

Obed Dodo, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Third Place

Charles Xie, Chemistry & Biochemistry

People's Choice

Anindita Laz Banti, Architecture and Interior Design

2020

Sarah Adut, Psychology

Second Place

Sarah Bass, Mechanical Engineering

Third Place

Muriel Truax, Political Science

People's Choice

Nethmi De Alwis, Chemistry and Biochemistry

2019

First Place

Teng Keng Vang, Geography

Second Place

Elizabeth Sneddon, Psychology

Third Place

Anil Upreti, Biology

People's Choice

Lasith Kariyawasam, Chemistry and Biochemistry

2018

First Place

Valerine Rajathi, Biology

Second Place

Shannon Speed, Kinesiology and Health

Third Place

Jyoti Kashyap, Biology

People's Choice

Shannon Speed, Kinesiology and Health

2017

First Place

Frob Duguid, Kinesiology and Health

Second Place

Rey Nann Mark Ducay, Statistics

Third Place

Jake Godfrey, Biology

Megan Loftin, Kinesiology and Health 

People's Choice

Diane Berish, Sociology and Gerontology

2016

First Place

Jessica Gunzberger, Student Affairs in Higher Education

Second Place

Jeffrey Brock, Physics

Third Place

Tanya Willard, Student Affairs in Higher Education

People's Choice

Morgan Eckenrod, Kinesiology and Health