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Hear big ideas in three minutes

Emory Report | Feb. 20, 2014

Experience the 3MT — the Three-Minute Thesis — at Emory. Come watch and listen to PhD students present a compelling account of their thesis in three minutes.

This academic competition will be Monday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. in the Oxford Road Presentation Building.

Judges will award cash prizes of $750, $500 and $250. The judges evaluate on communication style and comprehension. 

3MT is a skills development program that challenges students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience either verbally, in three minutes, or with a written abstract, limited to 350 words. Prizes are awarded in both categories.

The Laney Graduate School (LGS) held the first annual 3MT competition at Emory last year. Nine students participated in the verbal competition, representing graduate programs in an array of disciplines, from anthropology and computer science to comparative literature and epidemiology.  

Nutrition and health sciences student Lisa Staimez, who presented "Unlocking the Gates to Diabetes Prevention," won the presentation contest.

In the verbal competition last year, Graduate Division of Religion student William Yoo won the People's Choice Award for his presentation, "American Missionaries, Korean Christians and the Making of a New Religion."

"Programming such as 3MT is a fun and rewarding way to prepare our students for the very serious task of making their work accessible to broad audiences," says LGS Dean Lisa Tedesco. 

For more information, visit the Laney Graduate School.