3MT Competition

  • WMU 3MT Competition

    Fall 2016 Presenters

  • Presenting at the 3MT Competition

    Presenting at the 3MT Competition

  • Audience at the 3MT Competition

    Audience at the 3MT Competition

  • Fall 2017 Presenters


  1. Shiva Agarwal: Your Protein is Not Right
  2. Allie Mann: Mediators in the LGBT Minority Stress Model
  3. Kalani Gates: Racial Disparities in Access to Mental Health Care for Adolescents: The Role of Implicit Bias

  4. Khushi Bhatt: The Mystery of Rarest Stable Nuclei

  5. Victor de Brito: The Effect of Species Interaction in the Evolution of Body Size

  6. Iqbal Chahal: Driveline Measurement Using Virtual Torque Sensor

3MT Competition

The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by students around the world. Developed by the university of Queensland (UQ), the competition cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props.

The first 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 higher degree research students competing. Since 2011, the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in over 600 universities and institutions across 65 countries worldwide.  

In our version of the 3MT competition at Western Michigan University, GSA invites graduate students from all disciplines to apply to present their research ideas, theses and dissertations. With this competition, the GSA is seeking to provide students the opportunity to professionally develop their research skills and presentation skills. In addition, GSA aspires to promote and showcase the research conducted by graduate students here at WMU. 


This year's 3MT competition will be a Virtual 3MT process with Video Submissions.


Before submitting an application, please review the Applicant Criteria, Judging Criteria, and the Virtual Criteria. If you are interested, please email gsa-gradtalks@wmich.edu and complete the application using the 3MT Application Form. Video Submissions are now closed for the 2020-21 academic year. Please look forward to the 2021-22 submission deadlines starting in Fall 2021!


A panel of judges, consisting of faculty, staff, and students, will select Video Submission winners, whom will be awarded a variety of scholarships including but not limited to the following amounts: $600 for first place; $500 for second place, $400 for third place, $300 for fourth place, $200 for fifth place, and $100 for sixth place. The student with the highest score from the 3MT competition will have the opportunity to compete and represent Western Michigan University at the regional contest and beyond.

Scholarships will be deposited into student accounts before they are transferred to your personal account via direct deposit or a check. This procedure is subjected to all University regulations regarding transfers.


All WMU registered graduate students (full or part time), professional students in Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Extended University Programs, and terminal or specialist degree programs may apply. However, only graduate students who are registered at WMU on site either main, East or Parkview campuses are eligible to receive the scholarships.


Wonder what goes on behind the scenes to make 3MT happen? Thinking about applying to become a GSA E-Board member and want to show GSA that you are a committed graduate student body member? Want to give back to your graduate student community? Perfect! We need assistance with reviewing applications, preparing for the event and ensuring that it runs smoothly.

Please send an email to the Director of Professional Development at gsa-gradtalks@wmich.edu to express your interest. We look forward to hearing from you!


For further information regarding the 3MT competition, times/dates, location, or general questions, please email the Director of Professional Development at gsa-gradtalks@wmich.edu.


2020-21 Virtual - 1st Place: Shiva Agarwal

Your Protein is Not Right

Spring 2020 - 1st Place: Thomas Weinandy

The Chicken Sandwich Wars

Fall 2019 - 1st Place: Janani Shivaguru

How was India able to get FREE INTERNET?

Spring 2019 - 1st Place: Claire Herhold 

In Search of an Authentic Past: Negotiating Authenticity in Living History Interpretation

Fall 2018 - 1st Place: David Sottile

Risky Choices in a Wheel of Fortune Game

Spring 2018 - 1st Place: Tanya Petrachkova

The Role of Cyclin B1 in Early Development

Spring 2018 presentations showcase the growth of the 3MT Competition!

Fall 2017 - 1st Place: Shreya Naseri 

Why is Amazon the Leading Logistics Ascendant in the USA?

Fall 2017 presentations and pictures are a great way to re-experience the 3MT Competition!

Spring 2017 - 1st Place: De'Lon Dixon

The Passive Effects of the Full Gateway on Vehicle Speed

Fall 2016 - 1st Place: George Lluberes

Political Corruption in Latin America

Spring 2016 - 1st Place: Sandino Vargas-Perez

A Hybrid Parallel Strategy to Compress Big Next-Generation Sequencing Datasets

Fall 2015 - 1st Place: Tiantian Zhang 

Genetically Engineered Tanapoxivirus Expressing Interleukin-2 Suppresses Human Melanoma Tumors

Video of GSA 2015 3 Minute Thesis- Tiantian Zhang