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3 Minute Thesis Finalists & Winners

Our 2023 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition has come to a close. Congratulations to all of our finalists and our winners for an extraordinary job at communicating their research.

The 3MT program is designed to help students develop the communication skills necessary to make a compelling oral presentation on the value and impact of their research to a non-specialist audience.

As a research communication competition, the goal of 3MT is for students to articulate the significance of their research without using:

  • Jargon
  • Field-specific terminology
  • Other language unfamiliar to those outside their fields of study

3MT training helps students hone their ability to quickly and effectively articulate the value of their research.  This skill-set is critical in many academic settings, whether communicating with collaborators, funding agencies, or trainees. Just as important, the communication skills learned in 3MT training are transferable and valued in many non-academic careers paths.

Our first-place winner, Lauren Winkler, will be competing in the regional 3MT competition, and representing the U, at the Western Association of Graduate Schools at the end of this month!


  • First Place: Lauren Winkler (Medicinal Chemistry)
  • Second Place: Bekah Nicholson (Nutrition & Integrative Physiolofy)
  • Audience Choice: Amber Thompson (Sociology)



  • Alynne Silva (World Languages & Cultures)
  • Annika Hylen (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Clayton Szczech (Sociology)
  • Giulia Salmaso (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Hannah Duffy (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Nathan Johnston (Neurobiology & Anatomy)


You can view the final presentations at the Showcase & Celebration here:


You can find more information about 3MT and view past years videos on our 3MT Resource page.

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Last Updated: 5/8/23