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UMD Three-Minute Thesis Competition

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

The competition takes place during a two-week period in the Spring.  First, applicants present their three-minute oral presentation to a Campus Selection Committee who selects up to 10 students to advance to stage 2 of the competition. Stage 2 occurs during Graduate Research Appreciation Day (GRAD Day) in April 2018.  Please view last year's award winning presentations below.

Eligibility Information:  Eligible students must be enrolled in a UMD doctoral program and must achieve PhD candidacy by June 1, 2018.  Students must also be enrolled for Fall 2018 and expect to graduate no earlier than December 2018.  

Registration Deadline:  To register for this competition, please prepare an application package and submit it to the Graduate School by noon on Friday, March 16, 2018.


3MT UMD Guidelines and Application


2018 3MT Award Recipients 

Pravrutha Raman, Biological Sciences
Kelsey Gray, Bioengineering
Yuhan (Douglas) Rao, Geographical Sciences

2017 3MT Award Recipients 

Samuel Ramsey, Entomology
Min-A Cho, Physics
Sarah Hirsh, Environmental Science and Technology

2016 3MT Award Recipients

Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez

Theresa Smith Chirles

Pan He 

2015 3MT Award Recipients

Carly Muletz Wolz

Thomas E. Winkler

Sowmya Subramanian

2014 3MT Award Recipients

Amy Marquardt

Zubin Adrianvala

Pui Yu Ling

Jason Sinclair