Student Theses Explained in Three Minutes During Statewide Competition
February 04, 2020
MOSCOW, Idaho — Feb.4, 2020 — It’s tough to distill an 80,000-word thesis into a three-minute presentation. But graduate students from around the Gem State are slated to do just that during a competition in Boise.
The second statewide Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) will be held 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP), 1000 W. Myrtle St., downtown Boise.
The University of Idaho is hosting the competition where 12 graduate students from U of I, Boise State University and Idaho State University will each present their research to a non-specialized audience in three minutes or less.
“Research is critical in Idaho as we aim to answer important scientific questions and generate new knowledge,” said Jerry McMurtry, dean at U of I’s College of Graduate Studies. “Thanks to this competition, we have an opportunity to showcase the work our graduate students are doing under the guidance of our faculty in a very accessible way, and demonstrate how our discoveries power innovation, impact our practices and create opportunities across our state, nation and world.”
The 3MT competition is designed to cultivate graduate students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills. A 3MT competition increases students’ ability to explain their research to a non-specialist audience.
"The 3MT competition presents a wonderful opportunity for students to distill their research and present it in a way that can be conceptualized by non-specialist audiences, industry stakeholders and academics alike,” said Tammi Vacha-Haase, dean of the BSU Graduate College. “The value in the 3MT lies in an actionable skillset students create for this competition and can use in their future endeavors."
Brent Wolter, interim dean of the ISU Graduate School, added: “As the world’s societies, technologies, and economies become increasingly complex, so does the need for advancing one’s skills and knowledge at the post-graduate level. The easy-to-understand presentations at the 3MT highlight the advanced research being undertaken by our graduate students and demonstrate the pressing need for graduate education in the modern world.”
Established in 2008 by The University of Queensland, Australia, 3MT is now held at more than 600 universities across more than 65 countries. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props.
The event is free and open to the public. Community members are welcome to attend and vote for their favorite student presentation. The winner will be awarded the $500 People’s Choice Award. A panel of judges will vote for first, second and third places. The top participant from each university will also get the opportunity to attend the Western Association of Graduate Schools 3MT competition March 8-11 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Ezekiel Adekanmbi, the U of I engineering graduate student who won last year’s Idaho 3MT competition, said he enjoyed learning how to present his research,hearing about research in Idaho and meeting other graduate students.
“I am an engineer, I am good at working in the lab and getting the results,” said Adekanmbi, who graduated in 2019. “Sharing the results to end users in a language they will understand does not require engineering skills; it requires the art of communication. So, listening to people who are non-engineers but have mastered the art of communication was key. They can tell you what to remove from your lines of thought, what to add and how to say certain things.”
More information about the competition can be found at uidaho.edu/3mt-state.
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