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College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies

Three Minute Thesis Contest

College of Arts and Sciences Qualifier

Friday, March 6, 2020

9:00 a.m.  •  SPARK Atrium


The CAS 3MT winner of 2019 received a $1,000 fellowship for fall 2019 and advanced to the WSU 3MT Competition.

The CAS 3MT runner up and people’s choice of 2019 each received a $500 fellowship for fall 2019.

>>CAS competitors of 2015-2019 See who competed and read their research abstracts.
Reeve, LaFrance, & Volz

2019 CAS winners

1st place: Emily LaFrance – “Inspired by Mary Jane? Mechanisms Underlying Enhanced Creativity in Cannabis Users”

Runner-up: Robyn Reeve – “Leptin and immune function in Xenopus frogs: A model of vertebrate regeneration”

People’s Choice: Travis Volz – “Shock-Induced Graphite to Diamond Phase Transformation: Effects of Starting Microstructure”

Rules and Criteria

Visit for judging criteria and specific guidelines.


The CAS qualifying event is limited to doctoral students endorsed by their academic chair or director. Click here for details.

Nomination form

Updated nomination form (PDF) | (Word doc): The deadline for applications is TBA, and the CAS preliminary competition is Friday, March 6.


Contact the Office of the Dean at or 509-335-4581.

The 3MT research communication competition challenges PhD students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes—and using just one visual slide—in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or “dumbing down” research, but an opportunity for students to consolidate their ideas, their motivation and their research discoveries so they can be presented to a wider audience.