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College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies

Three Minute Thesis Contest

College of Arts and Sciences Qualifier

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

9:00 a.m. in Avery Hall, Bundy Reading Room
CAS winners for 2018

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”

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

Read the abstracts.

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

The college runner-up and People’s Choice winner each will 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.


CAS competitors 2015-2018
See who’s competing 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.

Nomination form

Updated nomination form (Word doc): The deadline for applications is Friday, March 9, 2018, and the CAS preliminary competition is Tuesday, March 20.


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

2017 CAS winners

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.


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