Three Minute Thesis competition comes to K-State; judges sought

K-State Graduate School Communications and K-State Alumni Communications

Kansas State University’s Graduate School will host its inaugural Three Minute Thesis competition Feb. 16-17. (Courtesy photo)

An 80,000-word thesis would take nine hours to present. Your time limit: three minutes.

Kansas State University’s Graduate School will host its inaugural Three Minute Thesis competition Feb. 16-17. The 3MT, first conducted at The University of Queensland in 2008, is an academic competition that challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis/dissertation topic and its significance in only three minutes using just one PowerPoint slide. 

Alumni and friends are invited to return to campus to watch the event, or even volunteer to serve as one of the judges. 

“By attending this event, our hope is that alumni will learn more about the current research that is happening on campus, recognize the importance and impact of graduate student research and become more engaged with the Graduate School,” said Kelsey Peterson '13, Graduate School marketing and communications coordinator.

The goal of 3MT is to celebrate the discoveries made by research students and develop their academic, presentation and research communication skills. The competition focuses on the students' ability to communicate the importance of their research to the broader community.

Current K-State thesis master's degree and doctoral students in any discipline were invited to participate. Participants will be divided into smaller groups, or heats, and will compete within their heat on Feb. 16, from 2:45-6:30 p.m. in Leadership Studies rooms 123 and 127. Top presenters from each heat will be selected by judges to move forward and compete in the final competition at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in Fiedler Auditorium in the Engineering Complex. The top three presenters from the final round will receive awards, and the first-place presenter will represent K-State at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools inaugural 3MT competition April 6-8 in Chicago.

Learn more
about the Three Minute Thesis competition. If you are interested in judging, contact Megan Miller '09, '14, Graduate School project coordinator, at or 785-532-5476. 

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