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K-State Today

February 16, 2021

Annual Three Minute Thesis competition kicks off this week

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.

Thirty-six graduate students representing 21 programs will compete in the first round of the competition from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. Up to eight participants will advance to the final competition at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Both rounds of competition will be via Zoom and are open to the campus and general public. Participants and their presentation titles can be found on K-State's 3MT webpage. Zoom access to first-round sessions will be posted later this week.

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 in the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools' 3MT competition in March. 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, the Graduate School's student success coordinator.