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UMD Three-Minute Thesis Competition

The University of Maryland Graduate School invites graduate 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 in the Spring.  Colleges and Schools will hold the first-round college-level 3MT competitions during the first 2 weeks of March 2019.  The Graduate School will hold the final-round campus-level competition during Graduate Research Appreciation Day (GRAD) on April 3, 2019.  

Eligibility Information:  Eligible students are doctoral students and master’s students who are doing a research dissertation or thesis.


Overview of the 3MT competition
3MT workshop slides
Register for a 3MT Workshop  (Feb 13 or 14)

Registration Deadline:  Registration deadline is February 15, 2019.  

College/School Contact Information: 
ARHU: Ralph Bauer
ARCH: Madlen Simon / Mary Lee Seaman
AGNR: Joseph Sullivan
BMGT: Justina Blanco
BSOS: Wayne McIntosh
CMNS: Amitabh Varshney 
EDUC: Kerry Ann O'Meara / Patti Dowdell
ENGR: Ankur Srivastava
INFO: Katie Shilton
JOUR: Ron Yaros / Serap Rada
PLCY: Rob Sprinkle
SPHL: Stephen Roth


Three-Minute Thesis Competition Registration


2018 3MT Award Recipients 
Pravrutha RamanBiological Sciences
Kelsey Gray, Bioengineering
Yuhan (Douglas) Rao, Geographical Sciences

Past 3MT Award Recipients 

Samuel Ramsey, Entomology

Min-A Cho, Physics

Sarah Hirsh, Environmental Science and Technology

Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez, Astronomy

Theresa Smith Chirles, Kinesiology

Pan He, Geographical Sciences

Carly Muletz Wolz, Biological Sciences

Thomas E. Winkler, Bioengineering

Sowmya Subramanian, Bioengineering

Amy Marquardt, Materials Science and Engineering

Zubin Adrianvala, Urban and Regional Planning

Pui Yu Ling, Geographical Sciences

Jason Sinclair, Animal and Avian Sciences