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Three Minute Thesis Competition Poster

About 3MT

 

Watch NMU's 2021 3MT

 

Have 3 minutes to spare? Watch our 3MT in 3 Minutes intro video below!

NMU began its annual participation in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition in 2018 and continues to expand its programming. Each year, NMU students will compete for recognition, prizes, and a spot in the regional competition. Three Minute Thesis was developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008. "3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience."

Each candidate is limited to three minutes and one static PowerPoint slide to aid in the presentation of their thesis research. Students must be actively enrolled in a graduate program and must present original research.

Working on a presentation? Check out this advice from the University of Queensland

3MT examples

 

Thank you to our 2021 Judges! 

Kristen Lucas  - Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, University of Louisville

Chris Standerford - Director of the NMU Seaborg Center

Nathan Larson - Nutrition Educator Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency (MARESA)

Debb Brunell - Director of Workforce Services Michigan Works

 

 

2021 Winners

  • Graduate 1st Place Winner: Emily Griffith, Biology
  • Graduate Runner-Up: Xochitl Delgado, Psychological Sciences
  • Graduate People's Choice: Emily Klinkman, Exercise Science

 

  • McNair 1st Place Winner: Stephanie Baklarz, Medicinal Plant Chemistry
  • McNair Runner-Up: Ashley Martinez, History
  • McNair People's Choice: Jalen Sims, Graphic Design

The winners received prizes for their accomplishments, and the graduate first-place winner will represent NMU at the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools 3MT competition in March 2021. 

Thank you to our judges:

Debb Brunnell,  Director of Workforce Services, Michigan Works

Nathan Larsen, Nutrition Educator, Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency (MARESA)

Kristen Lucas, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, University of Louisville

Chris Standerford, Director of the Seaborg Center, NMU


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2020 Winners

Graduate Students
  • 1st place: Madeline Hernstrom-Hill, English Department
  • Runner up: Grant Steinacher, Biology Department
  • People's choice: Rachael Nelson, Biology Department
McNair Students
  • 1st place: Cynthia Benson, Criminal Justice
  • Runner up: Shumete Sam, Department of Social Work
  • People's choice: Cynthia Benson, Criminal Justice

The first place graduate winner, Madeline Hernstrom-Hill, received $300 and travel to the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools conference to compete at the next level! 

Thank you to our judges: Evan Bonsall, Jim LaJoie, Tammy Nyen, and Mike Rochon


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2019 Winners

Graduate Students
  • 1st place: Kathryn Bianga, School of Business
  • Runner up: Veronica Snow, Biology Department
  • People's choice: Jaime VanEnkevort, School of Education, Leadership and Public Service
McNair Students
  • 1st place: Cecilia Ruiz, Neuroscience
  • Runner up: Brittney Moore, Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center
  • People's choice: Cecilia Ruiz, Neuroscience

The first place graduate winner, Kathryn Bianga, received $500 and travel to the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools conference to compete at the next level! 

Thank you to our judges: Lizzie Corser, Jim LaJoie, Chad Mager, Evelyn Massaro, and Jason Nicholas


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For information about previous years' 3MT competitions, click here.