The 3MT is a competition in which students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. The competition challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

“Competing in 3MT helped improve my science communication skills,” said Kirby Rickel, Ph.D. candidate studying biomedical engineering and first-place winner of the 2021 3MT Competition. “I had to really think about why my research is important and then convey that importance so that anyone in the general public could understand.”

The first-place presentation will be awarded $350, as well as advancement to the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Regional 3MT Competition scheduled for April 6-8 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The competition is open to students actively enrolled in a Master’s (Thesis option A) or Ph.D. program and in good academic standing. An information session will be held on Feb. 2 from 3-5 p.m. in Muenster University Center Ballroom BC.

To learn more about the competition, visit

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