3 Minute Thesis

The Graduate College Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)

3rd annual 3MT Competition was held Friday, October 20, 2017

The University 3MT competition was held on Friday, October 20, 2017, at Meyer Library, Room 101.  The competition began promptly at 5:00 pm. A reception with refreshments for participants, judges, other audience members including faculty/administrators and community leaders followed from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

The winner of the 3MT competition was announced during the evening and will represent Missouri State University at the regional competition during the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) annual conference in April.

Watch for next year's 3MT competition in Fall 2018.

What is a three-minute thesis (3MT)?  

Oral communication of a student’s research to an educated layperson is often lacking in graduate programs.  The University of Queensland developed a program where students summarize their research in 3 minutes or less, using pre-determined guidelines. The format is one where students make a presentation in less than 3 minutes; longer presentations are disqualified. Missouri State University is a participating university in this world-wide competition.  For more information please see the link provided: MAGS 3MT

Eligibility and Process

The competition is open to any graduate student with a research project, thesis, or non-thesis (seminar) project. Departmental competitions to determine those who compete at the College level are encouraged, but Colleges determine how their nominees are selected.

Each College Dean (or designee) can nominate students to present at the University-wide competition, usually after holding a College-wide competition. Each College can nominate two (2) students. Alternatively, for those Colleges holding a College-level competition, 30% of the entrants in each College competition can be nominated, up to six (6) contestants. Colleges may also submit names of ranked alternates, in case additional slots are available. College nominations must be sent to Dr. Doug Gouzie at DouglasGouzie@MissouriState.edu by 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The program of presenters will be posted on this webpage by 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 18th.

Graduate students interested in this competition should check with their Advisors or College Offices as to how and when the College competitions will be conducted.

Each nominated graduate student will provide, ahead of time, one PowerPoint title slide (which can only have student name, graduate program, and presentation title – no pictures, images, graphs, etc.) plus one slide to accompany the presentation (no animation allowed). A panel of judges will score the students to determine the winners. Nominees must submit their two (2) slides to GradCollegeServices@MissouriState.edu by noon on Thursday, October 19, 2017. 

Colleges or Graduate Program Directors/Coordinators wishing to learn more about how to hold a competition should contact Dr. Doug Gouzie or Dr. Tom Tomasi at the Graduate College office at 417-836-5335.

Additional Links

Flyer of the Event

3MT Nomination Form

Rules & Judging Criteria

Fall 2017 Winners

Place Name 
(Graduate Program - College)
Presentation Title
1st Sarah Spangler  
(Biology - College of Natural and Applied Science)
Isotope signatures reveal diet 
in a threatened turtle
2nd Mecca Walker
(International Business - College of Business)
The Fair Trade of Philanthropy and Profit
3rd John C. Short
(Biology - College of Natural and Applied Science)
The Recruitment of Dynamins
4th S. Jacob Schneider
(Plant Science - College of Agriculture)
Genetic  Study of Dormant Rooting in Grapes

People's

Choice

S. Jacob Schneider
(Plant Science - College of Agriculture)
Genetic  Study of Dormant Rooting in Grapes

Fall 2016 winners

1st Place Cassamdra Sherwood Athletic Trainers Need Training TOO: Communication Skills Training to Improve The Patient Interview
2nd Place Arthur Guslim Boost Your Entrepreneurial Sucess
3rd Place Evan Wilson Studying the DNA Repair Protein Rad23 in Tetrahymena

Spring 2016 Winners

1st Place Erick Briggs Do Family Relationships Affect Team Performance
2nd Place Michelle Herridge  Student Identification of Problem Topics in General Chemistry
3rd Place Kelsey Anderson    Friends in low places: responses of a benthic stream fish to intra-guild cues