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Three Minute Thesis Competition


CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who placed in the 2018 CPMS 3MT competition! The winner will advance to the university-wide 3MT competition which will take place at 11am on Thursday, 8 March 2018, in the BYU Varsity Theatre. The first place winner of the university competition will receive $5,000; second place will receive $2,500; third place will receive $1,500; and the people’s choice will receive $1,000. We encourage students, faculty and staff to attend the university 3MT event and support the competitors.

3MT, meaning “Three Minute Thesis,” is an annual event that challenges students working on a graduate degree to present their thesis in just three minutes. And to make matters more interesting, the students must explain it using language that a non-specialist audience will understand.

The judges critique participants on how well they: 1) explain their research; 2) spark the audience’s desire to know more; and 3) communicate in language “appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.”

Each college on campus holds a preliminary competition, and one student from each college advances to the university-wide final round. The CPMS competition was held on Friday, 22 February 2018 in the Hinckley Center 3rd Floor Assembly Hall.

  • First place received $1,000
  • Second place received $750
  • Third place received $500
  • Five honorary mentions received $50.

Congratulations to all those who participated and placed this year! We look forward to next year’s competition and presentations.