The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition celebrates the exciting research being performed by graduate students and cultivates their academic, presentation and research communication skills by challenging them to present their research to a non-specialist audience in three minutes (180 seconds!) or less using only one PowerPoint slide. Developed by the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008, the 3MT® Competition is currently held at 900 colleges and universities across more than 85 countries worldwide.
The Graduate School is excited to host Binghamton University's first-ever Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition!
Congratulations to our Spring 2020 winners!
- 1st Place & People's Choice Award: Erika Solano Diaz - Biomedical Engineering, MS
Presentation Title: Hey mTg! Make me worse, why don't you? A Tale of Celiac Disease
Faculty Advisor: Gretchen Mahler
- 2nd Place: Mavi Ruiz-Blondet - Cognitive Psychology, PhD
Presentation Title: Photographing or Painting Reality? How Human Perception Works
Faculty Advisor: Vladimir Miskovic
- 3rd Place: Mridu Malik - Biomedical Engineering, PhD
Presentation Title: The Undetected Invaders
Faculty Advisor: Gretchen Mahler
Final Round Participants:
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - Old Union Hall - 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
|Student||Graduate Program||Faculty Advisor(s)||Presentation Title|
|Tyler Rust||Geology, PhD||Jeff Pietras||The Mixed-Up World of Mudstone|
|Md. Shahriar Islam||Public Administration, PhD||Nadia Rubaii||Memories of the Genocide and Trust in Government|
|Erika Solano||Biomedical Engineering, MS||Gretchen Mahler||Hey mTg! Make me worse, why don't you? A Tale of Celiac Disease|
|Preeth Sivakumar||Mechanical Engineering, PhD||Junghyun Cho||Polymer Coating to Reduce the Circuit Failure in Satellite|
|Matthew Pereira||Biological Sciences, PhD||Laura Musselman||The Next Piece|
|Haley Arnold||Biological Sciences, PhD||Jay Sobel||Staying In vs. Going Out: How Habitat Choice Can Lead to Species Divergence|
|Mridu Malik||Biomedical Engineering, PhD||Gretchen Mahler||The Undetected Invaders|
|Smaraki Mohanty||Marketing, PhD||Jinfeng Jiao & Subimal Chatterjee||To Err is Human|
|Jessica Smeeks||Anthropology, PhD||William H. Isbell||Another Piece in the Puzzle We Call War|
|Mavi Ruiz-Blondet||Cognitive Psychology, PhD||Vladimir Miskovic||Photographing or Painting Reality? How Human Perception Works|
- 1st Place: $500.00 (plus the opportunity to compete at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools in April 2020.)
- 2nd Place: $400.00
- 3rd Place: $300.00
- People’s Choice: $150.00 (to be selected by audience at the final round)
- Currently enrolled course-complete master’s (CC) and doctoral students who have been admitted to candidacy (ABD) from all disciplines are eligible to compete.
- Students should be in the final stages of their graduate career so that they have sound conclusions and impacts from their research.
- Students must be in good academic standing.
- All research presented must be associated with Binghamton University.
- Alumni are not eligible.
- Students who are selected to participate must be available to present in person at the preliminary and final rounds.
- A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
- No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
- No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
- Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified.
- Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
- Presentations are to commence from the stage.
- Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
The goal is for the presenter to successfully engage a non-specialist audience and effectively convey the excitement and innovation of their research. Presentations will be evaluated by a diverse judging panel focusing on two core competencies:
Content and Comprehension:
- Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
Communication and Engagement:
- Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
How to apply to participate in the 3MT® Competition
Step #1 - Discuss your interest in participating in the 3MT® Competition with your faculty adviser. Obtain his/her approval to participate and present your research.
Step #2 - Submit a 3MT® Competition Registration Form.
*Note: When selecting your presentation title, please try to avoid technical jargon and choose a title that is short, catchy and true to your research.
The deadline to apply to participate in the 3MT® Competition is Jan. 30, 2020. Selected participants will be contacted via email starting Feb. 1, 2020.
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 - 3:00-4:00 p.m. in AD 148
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 - 10:00-11:00 a.m. in AD 148
Please contact Ellen Tilden (firstname.lastname@example.org), Assistant Director for Academic & Graduate Student Affairs, with any questions or concerns you may have regarding the 3MT® Competition or your eligibility to participate.