The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is an academic competition that challenges PhD students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience using only a single static slide. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by PhD students and encourages their skill in communicating the importance of research to the broader community. The competition takes place annually at numerous universities around the world and was originally founded by the University of Queensland in Australia. WPI hosted its inaugural 3MT competition in 2018, and runs the competition annually each Spring. The 2020 3MT competition took place on April 24 via Zoom. The 2021 3MT competition is scheduled to take place on April 6, 2021, and registeration information will be posted in Fall 2020.
PhD students that have completed their qualifying exam or equivalent milestone in their program are eligible to participate. Student presentations will be evaluated by a panel of judges that will award a first place prize of $1000 and a runner-up prize of $500. The audience will select one presentation for a peoples’ choice prize of $250.
A workshop is run for for those competing each year, and the date and time and is provided to competitors.
2020 3MT Competition Awards:
Noah McQueen, Chemical Engineering, A Rock-Solid Approach to Removing Carbon Dioxide from Air
Runner up ($500):
Megan Mancuso, Biomedical Engineering, Measuring Load-Driven Bone Adaptation in the Forearm of Healthy Women
People's Choice ($250):
Zachary Goldblatt, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical regulation of cell survival
Past 3MT Competitions:
2019 WPI 3MT Competition
2019 3MT Winner ($1,000):
Fire Protection Engineering
Presentation Title: Open Burning of Trash – The Problem No One Wants to Talk About
2019 3MT Runner-up and People’s Choice Winner ($750):
Ananthalakshmy Krishna Moorthy
Presentation Title: CubeSat: One step closer to Earth
2018 Inaugural WPI 3MT Competition
sessions held on both the main campus and the Gateway campus with separate winners at each.
2018 Main Campus Awards:
Winner: Lakshmy Krishna Moorthy, Aerospace Engineering
Runner Up and People’s Choice: Tyler Reese, Mathematical Sciences
2018 Gateway Awards:
Winner: Lida Namin, Chemical Engineering
Runner Up (Tie): Caitlin Walde, Materials Science and Engineering
Runner Up (Tie): Douglas Reilly, Biology and Biotechnology
People’s Choice: Chris Chute, Biology and Biotechnology