NMU began its annual participation in the Three Minute Thesis competition in 2018 and continues to expand its programming. Each year, NMU students will compete for recognition, prizes, and a spot in the regional competition.
"Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience."
Each candidate is limited to three minutes and one static PowerPoint slide to aid in the presentation of their thesis research. Students must be actively enrolled in a graduate program and must present original research. Detailed competition rules are located here. You can view examples on the 3MT website here.
The NMU 2019 competition included two rounds of competitors: Current NMU graduate students and undergraduate students from NMU's McNair Scholars program.
To review the Mediasite streaming footage from the event, follow this link. The event was also covered by local television news.
1st Place: Kathryn Bianga, School of Business
Runner UP: Veronica Snow, Biology Department
People's Choice: Jaime VanEnkevort, School of Education, Leadership, and Public Service
1st Place: Cecilia Ruiz, Neuroscience
Runner UP: Brittney Moore, Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center
People's Choice: Cecilia Ruiz, Neuroscience
The first place graduate winner, Kathryn Bianga, receives $500 and travel to the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools conference to compete at the next level!
We would like to extend a special thank-you to our judges, Lizzie Corser, Jim LaJoie, Chad Mager, Evelyn Massaro, and Jason Nicholas.
This March NMU proudly hosted its first Three Minute Thesis competition from 3-5pm in the Mead Auditorium! You can access the entire event recording here. The event was also covered in The Mining Journal.
This year's event was judged by Dr. Alec Lindsay (Biology), Jason Nicholas (Institutional Research), and Dr. Taylor Norman (English).
1st Place Winner and People's Choice: Tianli Kilpatrick, English MA, with "The Immortal Jellyfish, and Other Things That Don't Know About Love"
Runner-Up: William Brown, Clinical Molecular Genetics, with "Development of a Rapid HIV Diagnostic Assay using Isothermal Amplification Coupled with Peptide Nucleic Acid and Gold Nanoparticle Colorimetric Detection"
The winners will receive prizes for their accomplishments, and the first place winner will have her travel funded to the regional competition in Grand Rapids, MI this April.