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College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies

Three Minute Thesis

College of Arts and Sciences Qualifier

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The college first place winner will receive a $1,000 fellowship for fall 2018 and advance to the WSU 3MT competition on Wednesday, March 28, 2017.

The college runner up and people’s choice winner will each receive a $500 fellowship for fall 2018.


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.


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

2017 Competitors

Six graduate students participated in the 2017 CAS Three Minute Thesis qualifying round.

Three grad students
2017 CAS winners, left to right: Mycah Harrold, people’s choice; Lucy Johnson, runner up; Jacob Day, first place.