Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
Can you explain your research in three minutes?
The UND Three Minute Thesis (3MT) celebrates research being done by students at the University of North Dakota. The competition culminates students' academic, presentation and research communication skills, as each must effectively explain their research in three minutes with only one PowerPoint slide.
Three Minute Thesis Competition
January 29, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Gorecki Alumni Center
There will be two heats with seven students per heat, with the top three from each heat moving on to the Finals.
The finalists from the preliminary competition will compete again and be rated by the audience for the “Peoples Choice” award. Judges will select First and Second Place.
This year’s overall winner (first place) will continue on to the regional competition hosted by the Western Association of Graduate Schools’ annual meeting held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- 1st place: Mona Sohrabi Thompson
- 2nd place: Marie Bergelin
- People's Choice: Mona Sohrabi Thompson
Ian Foerster, who won UND's 2018 competition, took first place at the regional 3MT competition in Las Vegas, Nev.
Three Minute Thesis Rules
- Spoken word
- Three minutes or less
- Formal/professional clothing
- Commence from the stage
- A single static PowerPoint
Not Permitted (Will Disqualify)
- Poems, raps or songs
- Exceeding three minutes
- Props (pointers, instruments, lab equipment)
- Slide transitions, animations, sound, or video
Presentations commence when the presenter begins through movement or speech. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
Three Minute Thesis Judging
Each competitor will be assessed by three to five judges balanced by age, gender, academic/professional positions, and discipline. Judges may not participate in scoring for one of the heats when there is a conflict of interest, including 1) knowing one of the competitors, or, 2) having expertise in one of the presented topics
Comprehension and Content
Did the presenter:
- Provide an understanding of the background to the research and its significance?
- Clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
- Follow a clear and logical sequence?
- Communicate in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience (for thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes)?
- Avoid jargon, explain terminology, and provide adequate background info to illustrate points?
- Spend adequate time on each presentation element - or was it too long on one aspect or was it rushed?
Engagement and Communication
Did the presenter:
- Make the audience want to know more?
- Take care not to trivialize or generalize their research?
- Convey enthusiasm for their research?
- Capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
- Have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
- Have a slide that enhanced the presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?
- Loren Been, Music
- Marie Bergelin, Geology/Geological Engineering - 2ND PLACE
- Brittney Christy, English - FINALIST
- Andrew Kohler, Chemical Engineering - FINALIST
- Kaela Lucke, Atmospheric Sciences
- Anjo Mate, Civil Engineering
- Robeam Melaku, Civil Engineering
- Joshua Oluwayomi, Petroleum Engineering - FINALIST
- Edirisuriya Siriwardane, Physics/Astrophysics - FINALIST
- Melissa Sisson, Biology
- Mona Sohrabi Thompson, Biomedical Sciences - 1ST PLACE & PEOPLE'S CHOICE
- Xincheng Wan, Petroleum Engineering
- Jeffrey Widner, Social Work
- Adedoyin Adeyilola, Geology/Geological Engineering.
- Karthik Balaji, Petroleum Engineering
- Marie Bergelin, Geology/Geological Engineering
- Jeremy Lewis, Chemical Engineering.
- Johannes Van der Watt, Chemical Engineering.
- Furkan Altincicek, Physics/Astrophysics
- Sayantani Ghosh Dastidar, Biomedical Sciences
- Pragalv Karki, Physics/Astrophysics
- Natalie Midzak, Atmospheric Sciences - 2ND PLACE
- Brian Teske, Aerospace Sciences
- Srikanth Vijjamarri, Chemistry
- Mark Williamson, Biology - 1ST PLACE & PEOPLE'S CHOICE
- Olga Abramova, English
- Zsofia Barandi, Accounting
- Renee Colsch, Nursing
- Emily Dougherty, Higher Education
- Jeremy O’Keefe, Physical Therapy
- Haseon Park, Communication
- Debra Radi, Higher Education
- Kristina Syversen, Education Foundations & Research.
- Ian Watson, Public Health
- Peter Brandt, Geography
- Lauren Clarke, Chemical Engineering - FINALIST
- Ian Foerster, Chemical Engineering - 1ST PLACE & PEOPLE'S CHOICE
- Peter Halcrow, Biomedical Sciences
- Catherine Kohs, English
- Ning Li, Earth Systems Science and Policy
- Chris Mark, Experimental Psychology - FINALIST
- Ryan Menath, History - 2ND PLACE
- Kayla Michelson, Biology
- Intisar Rizwanihaque, Biomedical Engineering
- Afshin Shabani, Earth Systems Science and Policy
- Muneer Shaik, Chemistry
- Madina Sultanova, Physics and Astrophysics - FINALIST
- Trevor Waagen, Counseling program - FINALIST
- Susanne Watts, History
- Paul Wren, Space Studies - FINALIST
- Jin Zhang, Geology and Geological Engineering - FINALIST
- David Apostal, Computer Science
- Kristen Black, Biology
- Carolyn Broner, Special Education
- Nick Cilz, Biomedical Sciences
- Lauren Clark, Chemical Engineering
- Sara Faraji Jalal Apostal, Computer Science
- Matt Fuka, Mechanical Engineering
- Brooke Hagenhoff, Atmospheric Sciences
- Laurie Johansen, Nursing
- Ted Krmpotich, Clinical Psychology
- Rain Li, Chemistry
- Kouqi Liu, Petroleum Engineering
- Kavya Manyapu, Space Studies
- Sean McCloat, Space Studies
- Talus McCowan, Biomedical Sciences
- Riley McGlynn, Biology
- Robeam Melaku, Civil Engineering
- Adnan Quadri, Electrical Engineering
- Mohsen Riahimanesh, Electrical Engineering
- Roy Roach, Higher Ed
- Charles Schneider, Biomedical Engineering
- Reem Shadid,Biomedical Engineering
- Bahareh Shoghli, Civil Engineering
- Bridget Tetteh-Batsa, English
- Hannes van der Watt, Chemical Engineering
$500 | First Place
In addition, this year’s overall winner (first place) will continue on to the regional competition hosted by the Western Association of Graduate Schools’ annual meeting held this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"2020 Vision: Seeing Graduate Education Clearly"
61th Annual WAGS Meeting
March 8–11, 2020
Albuquerque, New Mexico
$250 | Second Place
$100 | People’s Choice
*Schedule subject to change up to the day prior to the event
9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Program Check-In. Light Refreshments Served.
10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Preliminary Round 1 (Science and Fine Arts) - arrive by 9:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. - Break
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Preliminary Round 2 (Engineering and Humanities) - arrive by 11:00 a.m.
12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. - Break
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Final Competition
3:00 p.m. - Awards Ceremony; Reception to Follow
Guests are invited to attend all or parts of the program as their schedules allow.
Please arrive at least 10-15 minutes before each round to check-in and get seated for the event.
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is proudly co-sponsored by UND School of Graduate Studies and the Division of Research & Economic Development. 3MT® is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland.