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College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies

Three Minute Thesis Contest

College of Arts and Sciences Pullman Qualifier

Friday, March 11, 2022

9:00 – 11:00 am online


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.

The winner of 1st Place in the 2021 CAS Pullman competition received a $1,000 award and advanced to the WSU 3MT Competition. The Runner-up and People’s Choice winners each received a $500 award.

CAS Pullman winners of 2021

Milica Radanovic.1st Place and People’s Choice winner:
Milica Radanovic
, School of Biological Sciences – “Identifying Soil Microbial Transformations as Drivers of Nitrous Oxide Loss from Agroecosystems”



Priyanka Rao.Runner-up: Priyanka Rao, Department of Mathematics and Statistics – “Mathematical Modeling of Contaminant Transport in River/Stream”




>> Meet all of the CAS Pullman participants of 2021 and read their research abstracts.

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.

Application form

Check back for 2022 forms.

2021 application form (PDF) (Word). The deadline for 2021 contest applications was February 26, 2021. The CAS preliminary competition was Friday, March 12, 2021.


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