Three Minute Thesis and Scholars’ Studio

Are you a UW graduate student in the final stages of your capstone, thesis or dissertation project? Apply to compete in Three Minute Thesis, where you’ll have the opportunity to present your research in just three minutes for cash prizes totaling $5,000!

The 2020 UW Three Minute Thesis (UW 3MT®) Competition is open to all eligible graduate students from Bothell, Tacoma, and Seattle campuses.

Read the eligibility requirements.

The deadline to submit a proposal is March 20, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

The theme for this year’s competition is Equity. We define equity as a process that includes practices, frameworks, policies, models, and innovations that ensure that everyone has access to resources and opportunities in order to thrive and be included in society. Have you unearthed a critical aspect of history related to equity that needs to be told? Developed a new strategy or technology to address a community’s lack of access to resources? Are you engaged in health disparities or survivorship research? As long as your project relates to the theme of equity, we want to see your proposal!

Participating in 3MT is a great opportunity to:

  • Learn to talk about your research without using jargon
  • Prepare for job interviews. One UW 3MT winner shared that her three minute talk was useful for answering job interview questions!
  • Practice your public speaking skills
  • Build your network and your resume
  • Receive practice session feedback from Core Programs and UW Libraries staff in a friendly and affirming environment
  • Compete for cash prizes!

3MT is intended for graduate students who are ready to present their capstone, thesis or dissertation work, rather than for works-in-progress. If you are at an earlier stage with your research, we encourage you to consider Scholars’ Studio to present your work.

Call for Proposals for Scholars’ Studio: Emergence Theme
Deadline for proposals Feb. 5 by 11:59 p.m.
Event on Wednesday, Feb. 26, Seattle campus
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Are you doing a capstone, research project, or teaching on the topic of Emergence? Submit a proposal for a five-minute TED-style talk and join us for our winter quarter Scholars’ Studio. Need ideas? Think: Systems, creativity, social movements, resilience, properties, mass actions, structures, birth, patterns, phenomena, behaviors, networks, space, gameplay, algorithms, evolution.

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