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Three Minute Dissertation at Nevada

A Doctoral Student Competition

Doctoral students have three minutes to present their abstract using one presentation slide to our panel of judges. Students participate in one of two events, based on discipline:

  • Liberal Arts/Education/Business/Journalism
  • Sciences/Mathematics/Engineering/Health Sciences

Winners from each event are awarded cash prizes!

First Place: $500
Second Place: $300
Third Place: $200

Spring 2014 Winners

Liberal Arts/Education/Business/Journalism:

First Place: Amy Ghilieri, History
Early modern witchcraft publishing: a bibliographic and cultural analysis of Ulrich Molitor's De lamiis et pythonicis mulieribus

Sciences/Mathematics/Engineering/Health Sciences:

First Place: Angela Hornsby, Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
How do species adapt and react to climate?

Second Place: Tara Madden-Dent, Educational Leadership
A phenomenological study of cultural transition and adjustment of Asian undergraduate international students using different cross-cultural treatments

Second Place: Scott Barnett, Molecular Biosciences
The amazing and confusing uterus

Third Place: Jonathan Cummins, History
The biggest little trailer park: place, waste and manufactured housing in Sun Valley, Nevada, 1950-2000

Third Place: Jackson Crews, Hydrologic Sciences
Earthquakes can generate gas bubbles in groundwater

Watch for next semester's announcement to participate in our Three Minute Dissertation at Nevada competition.

Competition Rules and Terms


  1. A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted.
  2. Include your presentation title and your full name on the slide.
  3. No slide transitions, animations or on-screen movement of any description are allowed.
  4. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  5. No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  6. No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  7. Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum; competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  8. Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  9. Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  10. Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  11. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.


  1. Abstracts are limited to 250 words.


  1. Students must be doctoral candidates to enter the competition.
  2. Winners will be announced approximately one week after the competition.
  3. You will be asked to sign a photo-video release at the event to allow the University of Nevada, Reno to use your likeness in photos/videos of the competition.

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