"The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience,”

The College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts is hosting a Graduate Professional Development workshop to help students present their three-minute thesis Jan. 20.

“Three Minute Thesis or 3MT celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students. Developed by The University of Queensland, the exercise 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,” according to the Three Minute Thesis website.

The competition will take place at 3 p.m. in 226 Alex Manoogian Hall. The competition is open to current doctoral or master’s students in CFPCA. Students interested in competing in the competition may use only a single static PowerPoint slide and must present their thesis in three minutes or less. 

Winners nominated from each college of the competition will compete for cash prices at the Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium on March 8, according to its website. The first place winner will receive $750, the second place winner will receive $500, the third place winner will receive $300 and the people’s choice winner, who will be selected by the audience, will receive $750.

“Research experience and productivity are key to success as a graduate student and postdoctoral scholar, building new knowledge to improve science, health, and society as well as opening new doors to students through networking opportunities. The work displayed at the symposium showcases our graduate talent and shows us why our students are so successful,” according to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium website.

According to the event flier, WSU’s first place winner will represent WSU at the 2017 Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Inaugural Three Minute Thesis Competition in Indianapolis from April 5 to April 7.

The competition will allow students to practice communicating their scholarship clearly and succinctly to an audience, according to the event flier.

Other colleges and schools at WSU will conduct their own nomination process through Feb. 15. Students may contact their Dean’s Office for information regarding the competition. Each school or college can nominate up to two competitors, according to the according to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium website.

Last year, the Graduate School selected Andreana Holowatyj to be WSU's nominee for the Three-Minute Thesis Competition at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools in Chicago on April 8, 2016. Holowatyj is a doctoral candidate in cancer biology who studied benign breast lesions to understand the risks associated with developing breast cancer and helping find ways to improve survival outcomes in African-American women. 

For more information, visit threeminutethesis.org.

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