Three Minute Thesis Contest

College of Arts and Sciences Pullman Qualifier

Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 11:00 a.m. in SPARK Atrium

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 CAS 3MT winner of 2023 will receive valuable awards and advance to WSU 3MT Competition on March 29. The CAS contest winner of 2022 received a $1,000 award for fall 2022 and advanced to the to the University-wide competition. The CAS 3MT runner-up and people’s choice winners received, respectively, a $750 award and a $500 award for fall 2022.

CAS Pullman winners of 2022

>> Meet all of the CAS Pullman participants of 2022 and read their research abstracts.
>> Watch the the 2022 contest on YouTube.

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

Download the application form as a PDF or a Word document


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

>> View Past Participants

1st Place

Jessica Dickson, Math

“The Overlays of Riordan Arrays”


Furkan Cakmak, Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

“When Losing Matters: Emotions, Media Choice and Affective Polarization”