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College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies

Three Minute Thesis Contest

College of Arts and Sciences Qualifier

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

9:00 a.m. in the Spark Atrium


The CAS 3MT winner will receive a $1,000 fellowship for fall 2019 and advance to the WSU 3MT Competition on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

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

Nominations deadline: Feb. 19, 5:00 p.m.


The 3MT research communication competition challenges Ph.D. 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.

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 Tuesday, February 19, 2019, and the CAS preliminary competition is Wednesday, March 27.


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

2018 CAS winners

CAS 3 Minute Thesis winners Alyssa Neumann, runner-up, Steven Hobaica, 1st place, and Amy Nusbaum, People's Choice awardee
Neumann, Hobaica, & Nusbaum

1st place: Steven Hobaica – “Sexual Minorities in Heteronormative Sex Education

Runner-up: Alyssa Neumann – “Antidepressants During Pregnancy: Safer for Baby than Depression?”

People’s Choice: Amy Nusbaum –Chronic Cannabis Users Use Different Means to Achieve the Same Cognitive Goals”

>>Read the abstracts.

CAS competitors of 2015-2018
See who competed and read their research abstracts.