3 minute thesis

The Three Minute Thesis Competition, or 3MT®, first held 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 just three minutes using just one slide. The competition focuses on the students’ ability to communicate the importance of their research to the broader community.

2021 K-State Competition

Twenty-nine graduate students competed in the first round of competition on February 19. Across four heats, judges evaluated the students' three-minute video presentations. Two finalists were selected from each heat. On February 24, a new set of judges evaluated the finalists presentations in a live Zoom session. The judges selected first and second-place winners, and the audience selected a people's choice award winner. The first place presenter will represent K-State at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3MT® Competition at the end of March.


2021 3MT winners

View Manjot's talk

View Lara's talk

View Priyasha's talk

Watch the full final competition

Additional 2021 finalists

Manoj Chhetri
PhD student in Horticulture and Natural Resources
Soil moisture sensors: Smart irrigation technology
Hannah Stowe
MS in Entomology
Giving Lady Bugs a Seat at the Table: Pest Control through Predator Diet Improvements
Travis Wiederstein
MS in Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Eye in the Sky: Improving Irrigation Management with Aerial Imagery
Liz Renner
PhD in Biology
A silver bullet or a BandAid: Can whole-lake rotenone applications mitigate the ecosystem effects of an invasive fish?
Sabita Ranabhat
PhD in Entomology
Small Bugs, Big Problems: Smart Solutions


The Kansas State University Three Minute Thesis Competition is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research.


Questions about the Kansas State University Graduate School’s 3MT® competition may be directed to Megan Miller, Student Success Coordinator, mmmiller@ksu.edu or 785-532-6191.