Three Minute Thesis (3MT) 

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research and scholarship conducted by graduate students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ),  the competition allows students to share their work with a broad audience. 3MT promotes students’ academic and professional communication skills. Presenting a 3MT increases students' capacity to explain their scholarship while engaging (and entertaining) a general audience. All of this with personal presence and one PowerPoint® slide...
Congratulations to our 2022
3MT Competition Prizewinners!

1st Place: Kelsey Frazier, College of Engineering and Mines
2nd Place: Russ Vanderlught, College of Liberal Arts
3rd Place: Lindsey Stadler, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Alaska Center Ice Prize: Muradur Rashedin, College of Engineering and Mines
UAF Alumni Association Prize: Kelsey Frazier, College of Engineering and Mines
People's Choice Award: Muradur Rashedin, College of Engineering and Mines

3MT Finals Judging Panel:
  • Gary Black, Features Editor, Fairbanks Daily News-miner
  • John Davies, UA Regent
  • Jen Imus, Interior Relationship Manager, First National Bank Alaska
  • Geri Simon, Corporate Compliance & Risk Officer, Tanana Chiefs Corportation
  • Cindy Wright, UAF Alumni Association President

3MT at UAF

This year we are hosting an inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition in February, which we hope will become an annual event for our campuses and their communities.  The preliminary heats and the event finals will take place via Zoom.  Panels of judges will rank the presentations, and there will be cash prizes.  However, everyone will be able to watch the 3MT presentations and choose the People’s Choice winners.

To help students prepare for the 3MT®, the Graduate School will offer a series of workshops in collaboration with the Department of Communication and Journalism (COJO).  COJO faculty, Amy May, Director of the Speaking Center, and Rob Prince, Producer and Host of Dark Winter Nights,  will offer a series of workshops for students to develop and practice their presentation and story-telling skills.


  • January 20 (1-2PM): Workshop #1: The Pillars of Your 3MT | Register Now
  • January 27 (1-2 PM): Workshop #2: Brainstorming Your Research Story | Register Now
  • February 2 (1-2): Workshop #3: Presenting your Research as a Compelling Story | Register Now
  • February 3 (1-2 PM): Workshop #4: Visualizing Your Research Story | Register Now
  • February 10 (1-2 PM): Workshop #5: It’s All About Delivery on Zoom | Register Now
  • February 14 (1-2 PM): Workshop #6:  Mock Trials & Feedback | Register Now

One-on-one with the Speaking Center Coaches 


3MT students are encouraged to schedule one-on-one sessions with the Speaking Center coaches to work on any aspect of content development and delivery.
Watch our 3MT Launch Event recording to learn more about this event! 

See how the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition will work! The UAF Graduate School hosted a mock competition on Thursday, January 13, 2022 with a watch party in Arctic Java. 



Competitors:
  • Mary Beth Leigh, Professor of Microbiology
  • Amy May, Assistant Professor of Communication
  • William Schnabel, Dean, College of Engineering and Mines
  • Sean Asiqluq Topkok, Associate Professor of Education
Judging Panel:
  • Richard Collins, Director of the Graduate School
  • Kinchel Doerner, Dean, College of Natural Science and Mathematics
  • Samara Taber, Executive Director of University Advancement
These recorded 3MT preliminary heats took place concurrently on February 17, 2022 via Zoom. The heats were separated by colleges and were followed by an After Party zoom event to announce the winner's from each college who will advance to the 3MT Finals on February 24th.



Thank you to our Preliminary Heat Judges:
  • Rod Boyce, Public Information Officer for the Geophysical Institute
  • Elaine Drew, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
  • Mary Beth Leigh, Professor of Biology and Wildlife
  • Nicole Misarti, Interim Director of the Water & Environmental Research Center
  • Tom Moran, Communications Manager for EPSCoR
  • Elisabeth Nadin, Associate Professor of Geoscience 
  • Diane O'Brien, Interim-director of the Institute of Arctic Biology
  • Link Olson, Curator of Mammals at the Museum of the North 
  • Denise Thorsen, Associate Dean of Academics, College of Engineering and Mines
  • Brittany Van Eck, Space Planner and Leasing Manager
  • Kaydee Van Flein, Director of the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities 
  • Peter Webley, Research Professor
Held on February 24, 2022 via livestream Zoom webinar.
Hosted by Ronnie Houchin, Associate Director of the Center for Student Engagement.


The Inaugral 2022 3MT Finalists:
  • Kelsey Frazier, College of Engineering and Mines
  • Josianne Haag, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
  • Kelly Ireland, College of Natural Science and Mathematics
  • David Polashenski, College of Natural Science and Mathematics
  • Muradur Rashedin, College of Engineering and Mines
  • Lindsey Stadler, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
  • Mary Stough, College of Liberal Arts
  • Russ Vanderlught, College of Liberal Arts

Finals Judging Panel:
  • Gary Black, Features Editor, Fairbanks Daily News-miner
  • John Davies, UA Regent
  • Jen Imus, Interior Relationship Manager, First National Bank Alaska
  • Geri Simon, Corporate Compliance & Risk Officer, Tanana Chiefs Corportation
  • Cindy Wright, UAF Alumni Association President

3MT presentations from our inaugral competition