Three Minute Thesis Competition

The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) is an exciting, fast-paced event showcasing the research of graduate students across campus. Each scholar is given three minutes to present their research displayed to the audience and judging panel in a single presentation slide. The competition boasts cash prizes for winners in each category.

You'll be amazed at what these scholars can fit into a three-minute presentation. You don't want to miss this competition!

The 2022 3MT Final competition was held in person on April 14, 2022, in the MIKC Wells Fargo Auditorium.

One of our past winners, Robert del Carlo, was recently featured in the Nevada Silver & Blue Magazine. Read the article.

Learn more about our competition

2021-2022 Finalists and winners

3MT winners posing as a group with large checks

Doctoral category

Winners:


FIRST PLACE: Jennifer Heppner
  • Graduate program: Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology
  • Title:  Do mothers know best? Stress in our city birds
  • Faculty advisor: Jenny Ouyang
SECOND PLACE: Derrick Satterfield
  • Graduate program: Engineering Education
  • Title: I don’t know why I am here, I never wanted to go to graduate school in the first place
  • Faculty advisor: Adam Kirn
THIRD PLACE: Angie Bradley
  • Graduate program: Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences
  • Title: The water that doesn’t make it to your sink: a large fraction of rain evaporates from plants before reaching the ground
  • Faculty advisor: Erin Stiles

Finalists:


Keely Eshenbaugh
  • Graduate program: Political Science
  • Title: Playing Darts in the Dark: Making Sense of the 2016 Brexit Referendum
  • Faculty advisor: Ian Hartshorn
Jerry Howard
  • Graduate program: Materials Science and Engineering
  • Title: Improving Energy Sustainability, Inspired by Genetics
  • Faculty advisor: Krista Carlson
Md Hafizur Rahman
  • Graduate program: Mechanical Engineering
  • Title: Oil & gas: How safe is 'safe enough’?
  • Faculty advisor: Pradeep Menezes
Stephanie Reyes
  • Graduate program: Clinical Psychology
  • Title: Are Latinxs "Crazy" or Are Treatments Unavailable?
  • Faculty advisor: Lorraine Benuto
Yu Rong
  • Graduate program: Business Administration (Management)
  • Title: Study Vaccine Intention Through the Lens of Knowledge and Collective Thinking
  • Faculty advisor: Amir Talaei-Khoei
Derrick Satterfield
  • Graduate program: Engineering Education
  • Title: "I don't know why I am here, I never wanted to go to graduate school in the first place..."
  • Faculty advisor: Adam Kirn

Patricia Berninsone People's Choice Award


Jennifer Heppner
  • Graduate program: Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology
  • Title:  Do mothers know best? Stress in our city birds
  • Faculty advisor: Jenny Ouyang

Master's category

Winners:


FIRST PLACE: Abigail Sandquist
  • Graduate Program: Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences
  • Title: The water that doesn’t make it to your sink: a large fraction of rain evaporates from plants before reaching the ground
  • Faculty Advisor:  Scott Allen
SECOND PLACE: Rachel Rein
  • Graduate Program: Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts
  • Title: Chromosome stroll
  • Faculty Advisor: Russell Dudley
THIRD PLACE: Jessica Obermiller
  • Graduate Program: Anthropology
  • Title: Towards a queer Christianity: The evolution of norms, traditions, values, and culture in a queer affirming Lutheran church
  • Faculty Advisors: Erin Stiles

Finalists:


Gabriel Angres
  • Graduate program: Biochemistry MS
  • Title: Efficient and Parsimonious Modeling of Opuntia cladodes
  • Faculty advisor: John Cushman
Fatema Azmee
  • Graduate program: History MA
  • Title: Forming Foundations: The Origin of Korea's Nationalist Historiography
  • Faculty advisor: Eugene Park
Lawrence Ray
  • Graduate program: Biotechnology MS
  • Title: "The Age of Data": In-silico Brain Modeling
  • Faculty advisor: Rashed Khan
Dustin Taylor
  • Graduate program: Philosophy MA
  • Title: Weakness of Will as Insufficient Self-Constitution
  • Faculty advisor: Christopher Williams
Casey White
  • Graduate program: Animal and Rangeland Science MS
  • Title: Tragedy of the Commons or Common Misconception?
  • Faculty advisor: Robert Washington Allen