Join us for the 2021 Three Minute Thesis competition!
The University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School is pleased to announce the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) will return for the 2021 spring semester. Based on the submissions received on the intent to compete forms, we will be recording the 3MT preliminary rounds virtually the week of March 15, 2021 and hosting final round in-person, socially distanced and without an audience on April 15, 2021 at the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The competition is open to students in master's and doctoral programs that require a thesis, dissertation or professional project.
Preliminary round - Registration deadline is February 1, 2021
The preliminary rounds will be recorded through a Zoom session scheduled with Graduate School Staff the week of March 15, 2021. The recordings will be shared with judges for scoring.
The top four contestants in each preliminary round category will win $300 and advance to the final round of the competition.
The preliminary rounds are subdivided into four disciplinary/degree categories, as follows:
- Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Education, Business, Journalism and Social Work
- Doctoral, Group A1
- Master's, Group B1
- STEM and Health Sciences
- Doctoral, Group A2
- Master's, Group B2
The 3MT finals will be held in-person on April 15, 2021, while following strict COVID-19 guidelines.
Attendance at the event will be limited to 22 in the Wells Fargo auditorium. Master's and doctoral students will be staggered in time, and there will be a separate large classroom available for the 3MT finals participants to use when not in the auditorium. Social distancing, wearing of masks, and sanitizing protocols will be enforced.
Due to in-person attendance limitations, the presentations will be live streamed for viewing by the general public. In the final round, you'll compete against the eight finalists at your degree level:
- Group A — Doctoral Students (Four students from A1 and four students from A2)
- Group B — Master's Students (Four students from B1 and four students from B2)
Awards for final round winners will be $1,000 for 1st place, $600 for 2nd place, and $400 for 3rd place.