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UMD Three-Minute Thesis Competition

The 3MT competition challenges students to communicate the significance of their research projects to a non-specialist audience in just THREE MINUTES! The University of Maryland Graduate School invites graduate students from all disciplines to compete in the annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT). 

The first-round college-level competitions occurred in March.  Winners from the first-round competitions win a college-level prize and advance to the final round 3MT competition. This year's final round 3MT competition was livestreamed on Youtube!     View April 17th Program here,

The winners and honorary mentions of the 2024 3MT competition are listed below. Thank you to all of the finalists for participating!


Anirudh NakraElectrical and Computer Engineering
"'Seeing' Invisible Microplastics by Quantum guided Data Science"

Anmol Kajla, Plant Science
"Future-Ready Wheat: Defying Climate Challenges"

Robert Morris, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
"Preventing adhesions: the medical complication you've never heard of"

Nick Schwartz, Materials Science and Engineering 
"Fusion Revolution: The Centrifugal Mirror"

Sydney Jaw, Criminology and Criminal Justice
"The Effects of Neighborhoods and Summer Jobs on Youth Crime"

Erin Hill, Counseling Psychology
"Grief and Growth after an Opioid-Related Death"


Honorable Mentions

Tytrice Faison, Geology
"UMD: Unravel Meteoritic Dating"

Emily Cygrymus, Counseling Psychology
"Coping with Weight Stigma at Work"



Amanda Brucchieri, Entomology
Faraz Burni, Chemical Engineering
Li Feng, Nutrition and Food Science, Epidemiology
Raquel Gama Lima Costa, Chemical Physics
Mazneen Havewala, School Psychology
Nicholas Mennona, Physics
Het Mevada, Mechanical Engineering
Opeyemi Ogedengbe, Nutrition and Food Science
Robert Salerno, Entomology
Shrey Shah, Bioengineering
Diego Silva, Applied Economics
Twesh Upadhyaya, Physics


Participation in the 3MT competition provides students with...

  • Experience in presentation skills and public speaking
  • Practice talking about their research to a non-specialists audience
  • Better perspective about how their research fits into the larger picture
  • An opportunity to learn how to showcase their work to prospective employers
  • Networking opportunities with students and faculty on campus
  • An overall positive experience that promotes academic and professional growth
  • Recognition and prizes

2024 3MT Guidelines 

Preparing a 3MT presentation:

Read the 3MT guidelines carefully.
Take advantage of some of the 3MT resources available.  
Consult with your college-level 3MT contact to learn more about your college-level competition.
Attend a 3MT Workshop
View 3MT presentations from 2023 on this YouTube Recording.

Important Dates for 3MT Participants

Feb. 28 Deadline to register for the 3MT Competition
March 6 If college level first-round is virtual, deadline to submit 3MT video and slide.
March 6-31 College-level 3MT Competitions. College-level winners to be announced by March 31, 2024.
April 1-16 Semi-finalists prepare for final round competition
April 17 Final Round 3MT Presentations (in-person, 1pm). Winners and honorable mentions announced April 19, 2024

View the History and Overview of the 3MT Competition for more information.

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