Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition celebrates the exciting research being performed by graduate students and cultivates their academic, presentation and research communication skills by challenging them to present their research to a non-specialist audience in three minutes (180 seconds!) or less using only one PowerPoint slide. Developed by the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008, the 3MT® Competition is currently held at 900 colleges and universities across more than 85 countries worldwide.

The Graduate School is excited to host the final round of the Spring 2021 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition virtually via Zoom on Thursday, April 29th from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Congratulations to our Spring 2021 winners!

  • 1st Place: Lamar Thomas - Biological Sciences, PhD

Presentation Title: Strengthening Global Reproductive Health: A New Protein Identified in a Bacteria is the Target for Vaccination

Faculty Adviser: Laura Cook

  • 2nd Place: Manjushree Aithal - Electrical & Computer Engineering, PhD

Presentation Title: The One Where Artificial Intelligence Stayed Intelligent...

Faculty Adviser: Xiaohua (Edward) Li

  • 3rd Place: Yahya Bouhafa - Education, EDD

Presentation Title: WHAT and HOW Often Should Higher Education Teachers Self-Disclose?

Faculty Adviser: Amber Simpson

  • People's Choice: Josefina Vizcaino, Geology, MS

Presentation Title: A Tropical Beach in New York State

Faculty Adviser: Jeffrey Pietras

Spring 2021 final round participants:

Student Graduate Program Faculty Adviser Presentation Title
Josefina Vizcaino Geological Sciences Jeffrey Pietras A Tropical Beach in New York State
Yahya Bouhafa Education Amber Simpson WHAT and HOW Often Should Higher Education Teachers Self-Disclose?
Manjushree Aithal Electrical & Computer Engineering Xiaohua (Edward) Li The One Where Artificial Intelligence Stayed Intelligent...
Mengwei Sun Biomedical Engineering Anthony Di Pasqua Eliminating Pain in Step 1
Anshika Goel Chemistry M. Stanley Whittingham Lithium-Ion Batteries: Cook-Book
Lamar Thomas Biological Sciences Laura Cook Strengthening Global Reproductive Health: A New Protein Identified in a Bacteria is the Target for Vaccination
Austen Tinz-Burdick Biological Sciences Heather Fiumera Work Small, Think Big: Discerning the Genetic Basis for mtDNA Degradation
Runia Roy Biomedical Engineering Eric Hoffman Biological Clock: Are You Keeping Up To The Time?


  • 1st Place: $500.00
  • 2nd Place: $400.00
  • 3rd Place: $300.00
  • People’s Choice: $150.00 (to be selected via audience vote)

Eligibility Rules

  • Currently enrolled course-complete (CC) master’s and doctoral students who have been admitted to candidacy (ABD) from all disciplines are eligible to compete. 
  • Students should be in the final stages of their graduate career so that they have sound conclusions and impacts from their research.
  • Students must be in good academic standing.
  • All research presented must be associated with Binghamton University.
  • Alumni are not eligible.

How to apply to participate in the 3MT® Competition

Step #1 - Discuss your interest in participating in the 3MT® Competition with your faculty adviser. Obtain his/her approval to participate and present your research.

Step #2 - Submit a 3MT® Competition Registration Form by March 19, 2021.

*Note: When selecting your presentation title, please try to avoid technical jargon and choose a title that is short, catchy and true to your research. 

Step #3 - Selected participants will be contacted via email the week of March 22 and asked to submit their PowerPoint slide, title, and a video of their presentation by April 16, 2021. 

Step #4 - Finalists will be notified the week of April 19 and the final round of presentations will be held live via Zoom on Thursday, April 29, 2021.

Presentation Rules

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final.

Judging Criteria

The goal is for the presenter to successfully engage a non-specialist audience and effectively convey the excitement and innovation of their research. Presentations will be evaluated by a diverse judging panel focusing on two core competencies:

Content and Comprehension: 
  • Did the presentation help the audience understand the research? 
Communication and Engagement:
  • Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?

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Please contact Ellen Tilden (, Assistant Director for Academic & Graduate Student Affairs, with any questions or concerns you may have regarding the 3MT® Competition or your eligibility to participate.