About 3MT

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."

Competition Guidelines

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.

3MT examples

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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2018 Winners

  • 1st Place Winner: Tianli Kilpatrick, English Department
  • Runner-Up: William Brown, Clinical Molecular Genetics
  • People's Choice: Tianli Kilpatrick, English Department

The winners received prizes for their accomplishments, and the first place winner traveled to the regional competition in Grand Rapids, MI. 

Thank you to our judges: Dr. Alec Lindsay, Jason Nicholas, and Dr. Taylor Norman 


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