3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

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The Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition showcases the research of Columbia’s doctoral student community. Participants are challenged to share their research clearly and effectively with a broad, general audience in just three minutes.

3MT helps doctoral students to develop their presentation and communication skills, which are vital for academic conferences and a variety of careers. Through the competition, participants also have the opportunity to share their work with the Columbia community by presenting in front of an esteemed panel of University and alumni judges and a diverse audience.

The 2019 3MT competition will be held Thursday, December 12, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Satow Room on the fifth floor of Alfred Lerner Hall on the Morningside Campus. Cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250 will be awarded to first-place, second-place, and audience-choice winners, respectively.

Eligibility is limited to advanced doctoral students currently enrolled in their first seven years of a Columbia PhD program. Successful candidates have passed relevant milestones, such as a qualifying exam and/or prospectus defense, and are in the advanced stages of writing the dissertation.

Applications for the 2019 3MT competition will be accepted until Wednesday, November 6, at 12:00 noon ET. Click here to apply. Please write to Sarah Jackman at s.jackman [at] columbia.edu with any questions.

Completed applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by an internal committee. Those selected to continue as semi-finalists will be invited for an in-person interview the week of November 11; those selected as finalists will be notified by November 18. Finalists must be able to present in-person at the competition final on December 12.

2018 Winners:

  • First Prize: Sean O’Neil, History
    The Art of Signs: Symbolic Notation and Visual Thinking in Early Modern Europe
  • Second Prize: Bailey Brown, Sociology
    Kinder Panic: School Selection and Parental Uncertainty
  • Audience Choice Award: Jyotirmoy Mandal, Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
    Using the Sky to Cool Buildings