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

This year's 3MT Competition will take place in two rounds.  The first-round will be at the college level and will take place in March. Winners from the first-round will advance to the Final Round in April. This years competition will be completely virtual.  Students are asked to prepare a three-minute video presentation and one single static slide using the rules outlined in the guidelines. 

In addition to 3MT Competition, students can participate in Graduate Student Government's (GSG) Graduate Research Appreciation Day (GRAD) which will be held on April 6 - 8. Graduate Research Appreciation Day (GRAD) provides an on-campus conference-style venue in which graduate students from all academic backgrounds can share their research or work, obtain valuable faculty and peer feedback, and hone their communication skills within the comfort of their own campus environment. GRAD submissions will be 3MT videos.  Students can participate in both GRAD and 3MT with one video!  

Both The 3MT Competition and the GRAD 3MT Competition offer students the opportunity to hone their skills in presenting their work.  Graduate students from all disciplines are eligible to participate!   

3MT Guidelines

GSG GRAD

Register to participate in 3MT and/or GRAD using the registration link below.  Once registered, you will receive detailed instructions on how to submit your 3MT materials. 

3MT and GRAD Registration Form  

Attention Engineering Students: Please CLICK HERE for more information about registering to compete.

IMPORTANT DATES: 

February 22:  Deadline to register to compete
March 1:  Deadline to submit your self-made video and slide
March 15 - March 30: College-Level First-Round competitions will select up to 4 Semi-Finalists
April 1 - April 15: Semi-finalists prepare for the Final-Round
April 15: Deadline for Semi-Finalists to submit final version 3MT and slide
April 30:    Campus-Level Final-Round Competition will name 6 3MT Campus-Level Winners

  

RESOURCES

3MT Workshop:  Friday, 1/29/2021, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Zoom, Workshop Registration

FAQ's

Graduate School Writing Center: Schedule an appointment with a Writing Fellow or Oral Communications Fellow

One Button Studios: You have the option to use one of the 8 One Button Studios on campus to help you produce your three-minute video. One Button Studios provides a high definition camera, high-directional condenser microphone, and studio lighting


College-Level 3MT Contacts

CMNS: Charles Delwiche   (delwiche@umd.edu)
ENGR: Nick Slaughter / Min Wu (nslaugh1@umd.edu / minwu@umd.edu)
ARHU: Ralph Bauer / Betsy Yuen (bauerr@umd.edu / myuen@umd.edu)
BSOS:  Wayne McIntosh / Jean McGloin  (wvmci@umd.edu / jmcgloin@umd.edu)
ARCH:  Madlen Simon  (mgsimon@umd.edu)
EDUC: Kimberly Griffin / Moya Malcom (kgriff29@umd.edu / mmalcom@umd.edu)
INFO: Eun Kyoung Choe / Emily Dacquisto  (choe@umd.edu / emilyd@umd.edu)
JOUR: Ron Yaros / Serap Rada   (sdrada@umd.edu)
AGNR: Maile Neel   (mneel@umd.edu)
BMGT: Justina Blanco  (jblanco4@umd.edu)
PLCY: Taryn Faulkner (faulkner@umd.edu)
SPHL: Stephen Roth  (sroth1@umd.edu)

Campus-Level 3MT Contact

Robyn Kotzker (rkotzker@umd.edu)


2020 3MT Award Winners Announced!

2020 3MT Award Winners 

Sarah BenishAtmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Ashley Chapin, Bioengineering
Lauren Jonas, Marine Estuarine Environmental Science
Byeol (Star) KimMechanical Engineering
Izetta Autumn Mobley, American Studies
Varun SuryanComputer Science
Xin TianElectrical and Computer Engineering

2020 3MT Finalists

Xuanying ChenCriminology and Criminal Justice
Daniel EscobarAerospace Engineering 
Yi Feng, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology
Jaehoon Jeong, Decisions, Operations, and Information Technology
Austin LewisReliability Engineering
Amy MorinAerospace Engineering
Binbin PengUrban and Regional Planning and Design
Lovepreet Singh, Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
Bryce SlingerSchool of Public Policy
Nancy VeraComparative Literature
Xu HanSchool of Public Policy 

 

Past 3MT Award Recipients 

 

Amanda Burkholder, Human Development and Qualitative Methodology

Kyla Cools, Anthropology

Fiona Jardine, Information Studies

Liang Liang, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Suzanne Marselis, Geographical Sciences

Stephanie Yee, Counseling Psychology

Yuhan (Douglas) Rao, Geographical Sciences

Kelsey Gray, Bioengineering

Pravrutha RamanBiological Sciences

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, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Amy Marquardt, Materials Science and Engineering

Zubin Adrianvala, Urban and Regional Planning

Pui Yu Ling, Geographical Sciences

Jason Sinclair, Animal and Avian Sciences