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 will host the University's 2021 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. Distinguished FAU community members serve as judges and a public vote determines the People's Choice winners. FAU’s 3MT® Championship Award is generously sponsored through the Dr. Eric H. Shaw 3MT ® Championship Award Endowment Fund. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact


2021 Voting is now closed.


2021 Registration is closed



2021 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)
Championship Winners

2021 First Place and recipient of the $2,500 Dr. Eric H. Shaw
3MT® Championship Award

Andrew Steinberg
PhD Computer Science program, College of Engineering and Computer Science
3MT Title: "Better by the Batch: Enhancing Drone Scheduling"
Faculty Advisors: Mihaela Cardei, Ph.D. & Ionut Cardei, 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.


2021 Runner-up Winner

Claudius Osei
Ph.D. Integrative Biology program
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
3MT Title: "Embodied Cognition: How cognitive behavior is not
solely a construct of the brain but involves the entire body."
Faculty Advisor: Elan Barenholtz, Ph.D.


2021 Second Runner-up Winner

Nirthieca Suthakaran
Ph.D. Integrative Biology program
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
3MT Title: “The Effects of STXBP1 in Infant Epilepsy”

Faculty Advisor: Ken Dawson-Scully, Ph.D


3MT® Sponsors

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3MT® Resources

Overview/Rules, Judging, & Scoring

Past 3MT® Videos & Photos


2021 People's Choice Winner 

Lindsey Marlin
M.F.A. Theatre Program
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
3MT Title: "Playing a PTSD Survivor Onstage:
How the Audience Can Further Understand Both Themselves
and the Character in a 2-Hour Stretch of Time"

Faculty Advisor: Desmond Gallant, M.F.A.


Congratulations to all FAU's 2021 Competitors

To view videos from all 2021 3MT Competitors, please visit our youtube channel: 

2021 FAU Three Minute Thesis Playlist

Thank you to FAU's 2021 3MT Championship Judging Panel

Patricia Anastasio, M.D., F.A.A.P
Physician, Advanced Pediatrics of Boca

Kate Arrizza
President & CEO, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium 

Tracy L. Boulukos
Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Florida Atlantic University

Jervonte “Tae” Edmonds
Founder & CEO of Suits for Seniors, Inc.

Anna M. Ewing
Board Member, Angel Investor, Former CIO Nasdaq (retired)

Larry Faerman, Ph.D.
Acting Vice President for Student Affairs, Florida Atlantic University

Marti Freund, J.D.
Director for Organizational Advancement, Gift of Life Marrow Registry

Daniel Gropper, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Business, Florida Atlantic University

Michael J. Horswell, Ph.D.
Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Florida Atlantic University

Alice Hudson
Technical Director, Surface Chemists of Florida, Inc.

Amy Kornblau
Interim Dean of University Libraries, Florida Atlantic University

Justin Perry, Ph.D.
Dean of the Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic University

Edward E. Pratt, Ph.D.
Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Florida Atlantic University

Eric H. Shaw, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Business (FAU), Consultant, & Philanthropist

Teresa Wilcox, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Florida Atlantic University

Tori L. Winfield, J.D.
Associate General Counsel, Florida Atlantic University


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The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.More information on the 3MT® Program can be found on

 Last Modified 5/3/21