3-Minute Thesis Competition

2019 3-Minute Thesis Competition Highlights

About the Event

The 3MT® competition provides a unique opportunity to share your work with the broader community in a fun and exciting format. The 3MT® competition allows graduate students to present their research in just 3 minutes with the aid of a single slide.

The winner of GVSU’s 3MT® receives a cash prize as well full funding to represent GVSU at the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3MT® competition in St. Louis, MO on March 22, 2019. Awards are as follows:

  • First Place: $500 case prize
  • Second Place: $250 cash prize
  • Third Place: $100 cash prize
  • People's Choice: GVSU "swag" bag

Learn more about the MAGS 3MT® Competition

Students completing graduate level projects, dissertations, and theses were eligible to participate in the competition. The winner of this year's competition is Sarah Lamar, a student in the Master of Biology program. Check out the other winners and participants below!


2019 GVSU 3MT Winners

First Place

Sarah Lamar

Sarah Lamar

Second Place

Jenna Buchman

Jenna Buchman

Third Place

Anne Gembrowski

Anne Gembrowski

People's Choice Award

Noelle Lynn

Noelle Lynn

3MT Spotlight: Mariana Naddaf

Mariana Naddaf was 3MT participant in 2016 and her thesis was recently considered for the MAGS 2019 Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards .

What experience did you gain from the competition?

Through the competition and practice I did in the Speech Lab, I was able to hone in on my presentation, writing, and communication skills. Also, it gave me the experience to hear about my peers' research topics, methods, and results. It was an exiting competition!

What is one piece of advice you have for current GVSU graduate students?

Take advantage of the resources you have available to you. I was able to complete a thesis, apply for conferences, receive funding support from GVSU for conferences, and participate in the 3-Minute Thesis Competition.

GVSU Speech Lab

Speech Lab consultants are trained to work with clients on all elements of the speechmaking process including: topic selection, organization, supporting materials, and most importantly, practicing delivery. Students participating in the 3MT competition are welcome to use the Speech Lab's services. All consultants have completed a rigorous training program certified by the National Association of Communication Centers. In fact, the GVSU Speech Lab is one of only 16 communication centers with a nationally certified training program.

The Speech Lab can be found in the Knowledge Market of the Pew Library on the Allendale campus or inside the Steelcase Library on the downtown Grand Rapids campus.

Thesis Gold Intro

Paul Geiger is a speech coach who specializes in effective business communications. You see his whole video for free by registering online!


For more information about this international competition, visit the official 3MT website