University of Idaho, Idaho State, Boise State Students to Compete in Statewide 3MT Event
February 10, 2021
MOSCOW, Idaho — Feb. 10, 2021 —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 virtual competition.
The University of Idaho is hosting the competition virtually this year due to COVID-19. Twelve 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 with the help of one single photo or slide.
“Research is critical in Idaho as we aim to answer important scientific questions and generate new knowledge,” said Jerry McMurtry, dean of 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 and 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 Boise State Graduate College. “The value in the 3MT lies in an actionable skillset students create for this competition and can use in their future endeavors.”
Established in 2008 by The University of Queensland, 3MT events are now held at more than 900 universities in over 85 countries. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props.
“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,” said Adam Bradford, dean of the Idaho State Graduate School. “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.”
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 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 virtual 3MT competition in March, hosted by Boise State University.
Maribel Alfaro, first-place winner of last year’s competition and a U of I graduate student in Environmental Sciences, said participating in the 3MT is really rewarding and a good learning experience for graduate students. She recommends the public attend to support the students.
“You can learn a lot about new topics that grad students are researching in the state,” she said. “Some topics are amazing, and you’ll be surprised at how engaging the presentations are.”
Learn more at uidaho.edu/3mt-state.
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