March 28: Three Minute Thesis part of Showcase

By C. Brandon Chapman, College of Education

PULLMAN, Wash. – Three Minute Thesis (3MT) will once again be part of Washington State University’s annual Showcase celebration of excellence at noon Tuesday, March 28, in the CUB junior ballroom.

Prizes, in the form of travel awards for research conferences, will be $3,000 for the winner, $1,500 for second place and $500 for third.

Last year’s winner Phillip Uribe with Erica Austin, WSU vice provost for academic affairs.

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Phillip Uribe, a neuroscience student from WSU Vancouver, won last year’s contest, in which doctoral students present their research/scholarship concisely – in no more than three minutes – to a non-specialist audience.

“Doctoral education is a critical element of WSU’s Drive to 25 initiative and is a significant source of our university’s research output,” said Provost Dan Bernardo. “This competition provides our doctoral candidates a valuable experience in taking their complex research and distilling it into a form understandable to a lay audience.”

Winners from events at the college level move on to the universitywide competition. This year, the qualifying events occur with the following:

 Carson College of Business
 College of Arts and Sciences
 College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences
 College of Education
 College of Pharmacy
 College of Veterinary Medicine
 WSU Vancouver

3MT began at the University of Queensland (Australia) in 2008. In spring 2014, the WSU College of Education hosted the first 3MT event at WSU; in 2015, the contest expanded to all colleges.