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College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies


Three Minute Thesis Contest

College of Arts and Sciences Pullman Qualifier

Friday, March 12

9:00 a.m.

Hosted virturally

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2020 CAS winners

1st place: Robyn Reeve, School of Biological Sciences – “Leptin: Integrator of immune response and regenerations”

Runner-up: Cameron Naylor, Department of Chemistry – “Deducing Accurate Ion Mobilities in Complex Atmospheres”

People’s Choice: Robyn Reeve

3mt participants with dean Jockers.

>> Meet all of the 2020 CAS Pullman participants 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

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


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

1st place: Robyn Reeve

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Runner-up: Cameron Naylor

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 Pullman 3MT winner of 2020 received a $1,000 award for fall 2020 and advanced to the WSU 3MT Competition.

The CAS Pullman 3MT runner up and people’s choice of 2020 each received a $500 award for fall 2020.