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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

Florida Atlantic University's Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition
An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present....their time limit is 3 minutes

FAU Graduate College hosted the University's 2020 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition virtually in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines. This exciting competition challenges FAU graduate students to present their research in only 3 minutes. Students compete in a preliminary round specific to their discipline; the First Place, Runner-Up, Second Runner-Up, and People's Choice winners from each heat advance to the Championship. Scholarship prizes are awarded to both Preliminary Round and Championship winners. Audience members determine the People's Choice winner by electronic ballot at each preliminary round and at the Championship. FAU’s 3MT® Championship Award is generously sponsored through the Dr. Eric H. Shaw 3MT ® Championship Award Endowment Fund. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact 3MT@fau.edu.


 Watch all of the competitors' videos!


Stay tuned for next year's competition!


Email 3mt@fau.edu for opportunities!

2020 Welcome Remarks

Graduate College Dean, Robert W. Stackman Jr., Ph.D.


3MT® Scholarships


$1,000 First Place
$500 People's Choice*
$250 Second Runner-Up


$2,500 First Place*
$1,500 People's Choice
$1,000 Second Runner-Up 

*FAU’s 3MT® Championship Award is generously sponsored through the Dr. Eric H. Shaw 3MT ® Championship Award Endowment Fund.

2020 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Championship Winners

First Place and recipient of the $2,500 Dr. Eric H. Shaw 3MT® Championship Award

Morgan Slevin, Integrative Biology, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science 
“Smarts and Symbiosis: How a Bird's Gut Microbiome Influences its Cognitive Performance” 

Faculty advisor: Rindy Anderson, Ph.D.


3MT® Sponsors

2016-2020 Sponsors 

For sponsorship opportunities, please contac 3MT@fau.edu.


3MT® Resources

Overview/Rules, Judging, & Scoring

Past 3MT® Videos & Photos


Graduate Research Week



Michelle Edwards, Marine Science and Oceanography, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Exposure to Multiple Algal Toxins Among Juvenile Bull Sharks, Carcharhinus leucas, in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon

Faculty Advisor: Matthew Ajemian, Ph.D.



Second Runner-up (tie)

Aubrey Elson, Theatre, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Keep Your Enemies Close: The Universal Application of Learning to Play and Think Like a Villain

Faculty Advisor: Lynn McNutt, M.F.A.




Second Runner-up (tie)

Taraneh Ardalan, Civil Engineering, College of Engineering & Computer Science
“Development of Guidelines for Implementation of Freight and Transit Signal Priorities to Enhance Road Traffic Sustainability”

Faculty Advisor: Evangelos Kaisar, Ph.D.



People's Choice

Tiffany Cox, Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
“Band Directors Don't Wear Heels: The Lived Experiences of Female High School Band Directors in Florida”

Faculty Advisor: Susannah Brown, Ph.D.




2020 3MT® Competitors and Finalists

To view videos from all 2020 competitors please CLICK HERE.

Click here to see the list of 2020 3MT® Finalists.


Thank You to Our 2020 3MT® Judging Panel

FAU's 4th-Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition Judging Panel