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K-State Today

February 14, 2020

Annual Three Minute Thesis competition kicks off today

Submitted by Megan Miller

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.

With sponsorship from the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Graduate School will host the annual Three Minute Thesis Competition, or 3MT, Feb. 14 and 27.

Graduate students will compete in the preliminary rounds of the competition from 11:25 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in 4001 College of Business Building. View heat competition schedules. Eight participants will advance to the final competition at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the K-State Alumni Center Banquet Room.

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

In the final competition, judges will select first- and second-place winners. The first-place winner will receive a $500 scholarship and will represent K-State at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools' 3MT competition April 3 in Milwaukee. 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.

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