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K-State Today

February 12, 2018

The return of Three Minute Thesis Feb. 13 and 27

Submitted by Kelsey Peterson

Theses and dissertations can be more than 80,000 words and take hours to present, but graduate students in a competition at Kansas State University have just three minutes and one slide to convey their often highly-technical research to a lay audience.

In partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Research, the university's Graduate School will host the third Three Minute Thesis Competition, or 3MT, Feb. 13 and 27.

More than 40 graduate students will compete in the preliminary rounds of the competition from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the College of Business Building. Top students will advance to the final competition at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Alumni Center Banquet Room.

Both the preliminary heats and the final competition are open to the campus and general public.

The top two presenters will be awarded a scholarship, with the first-place winner receiving a $500 scholarship and serving as K-State's representative at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools' 3MT competition April 4-6 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Second place will be awarded a $250 scholarship. The audience will participate by voting for the people's choice winner, who receives a $125 scholarship.

Read more about the competition

Any questions about K-State's Three Minute Thesis Competition can be directed to Megan Miller, mmmiller@k-state.edu, the Graduate School's student services coordinator.