11.09.2018 at 10:00am

An 80,000 word thesis would take nine hours to present. Their time limit...3 minutes.

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Join us for the Third Annual University-wide 3MT® Competition, sponsored by the Graduate School and featuring finalists from collegiate competitions. 


November 9, 2018


Presentations: 10-11 a.m. | Reception & Winner Announced: 11-11:30 a.m. 


Cowles Auditorium | 301 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

Don’t miss this fast-paced and entertaining event! Light refreshments will be provided.

The Graduate School at the University of Minnesota is proud to be one of more than 200 institutions across 18 countries hosting a 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition this year. Originally established by the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008, the competition challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a general audience in just three minutes, with the aid of a single, static slide.

The student selected as the winner will represent the University of Minnesota at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3-Minute Thesis competition. In addition, participants will be invited to present their research at an upcoming Board of Regents meeting.

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Beth Adamowicz, Doctoral Student

Sharing the Load, Sharing the Dangers: How Cooperation among Bacteria Impacts Antibiotic Resistance
Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology, Medical School

Kweku Konadu Amponsah-Efah, Doctoral Student

The Influence of the Strength of Drug-Polymer Interactions on the Stability of Amorphous Pharmaceuticals
Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy

George Furey, Doctoral Student

Can a Diversity of Prairie Plants Build a Fertile Soil?
Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, College of Biological Sciences

Jackie Liu, Doctoral Student

Eve's Dilemma and Eve's Choice
Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, College of Education and Human Development

Davin Rautiola, Doctoral Student

Is It a Nose, or a Beak(er)?
Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy 

Branden Smeester, Doctoral Student

Novel Targeted Therapy for the Treatment of Metastatic Pediatric Osteosarcoma
Comparative and Molecular Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine

Austin Yantes, Master's Student

The Need for Long-Term Vegetation Monitoring in Restored Wetlands
Natural Resources Science and Management, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences


David Gillette
Special Correspondent and Creator of Illustrated Essays, Twin Cities PBS

Nasibu Sareva
Executive Director, African Development Center of Minnesota

Kabila Thao
Director of National Engagement, U of MN Alumni Association

Chuck Tombarge
Chief Public Relations Officer, U of MN University Relations

Sandra Vargas
Senior Executive Leadership Fellow, U of MN Humphrey School of Public Affairs

About the Event

The 3-Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition that challenges students to communicate the significance of their projects without the use of props or industry jargon, in just three minutes. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to quickly explain their research in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience leaving them wanting to know more.