3 Minute Thesis

The Graduate College Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)

5th Annual 3MT Competition

The 3MT competition will be held on Friday, November 1st, 2019 in Glass Hall, Room 101. The competition will begin promptly at 5:00 pm. A reception will follow in the Glass Atrium with refreshments for participants, judges, other audience members including faculty/administrators and community leaders from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The winner of the 3MT competition will represent Missouri State University at the regional competition during the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) annual conference on April 1-3, 2020 in Milwaukee at St. Kate Hotel. 

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 visit the MAGS 3MT website.

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 GradCollegeServices@MissouriState.edu on October 21st, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.  The program of presenters will be posted on this webpage, stay tuned for date and time.

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 on October 22nd, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. 

Colleges or graduate program directors/coordinators wishing to learn more about how to hold a competition should contact Sydnie Weiler at the Graduate College office at 417-836-5335.

Additional links

Rules & Judging Criteria

3MT Fall 2019 Flyer

Why You Should Try 3MT!

Past Winners

Fall 2018 winners


(Graduate Program-College)

Presentation Title 

Jesse Carroll

(Plant Science-William H. Darr College of Agriculture) 

Evaluation of Edible Goji Greens Production in the Midwest 

Ben Travlos

(Agriculture-William H. Darr College of Agriculture) 

Barriers Missouri Farmers Face Regarding Beginning Farmer Government 
People's Choice

Demetria Green

(Communication- College of Arts and Letters) 

The Bureaucratic Structure of Power and Muted Group Experiences
Fall 2017 winners
Place Name
(Graduate Program - College)
Presentation Title

Sarah Spangler  
(Biology - College of Natural and Applied Science)

* Because she graduated, Sarah was not eligible for MAGS 2018.

Isotope signatures reveal diet 
in a threatened turtle

Mecca Walker
(International Business - College of Business)

** 2nd place at MAGS 3MT competition 2018 representing MSU.

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



S. Jacob Schneider
(Plant Science - College of Agriculture)
Genetic  Study of Dormant Rooting in Grapes
Fall 2016 winners
Place Name Presentation Title
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
Place Name Presentation Title
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