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Graduate & Professional Studies

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Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland.  Graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance.  3MT challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries into concise presentations easily comprehensible to a non-specialist audience. The 3MT competition provides a valuable high-impact experience that can best be organized at the university level.  Students practiced information exchange and learned how to translate their important work behind lab or studio doors to a wider audience in the general population. With this and many other professional development activities, the Texas A&M Office of Graduate and Professional Studies demonstrates its commitment to the University effort to create life-long learners.
 

Pictured counterclockwise, left to right, are finalists selected for the 2013 3MT Competition: Rhushabh Bhandari, Kelly Lemmons, Akshata Kulkarni, Yogesh Babbar, and Matthew Berg
 
"In an age when science is facing challenges in funding and public support, it’s even more important that I can explain the value and necessity of my research.  The 3MT competition helped me keep sharp and ready to explain my work."
— Matthew Berg, Graduate Student, Ecosystem Science and Management

"That sudden adrenal rush to explain my entire method which took me two odd years to complete in three minutes was the biggest achievement I had so far… In this process, I became better at presenting my research which before I thought could not be understood by anyone but a horticulturist."
— Akshata Kulkarni, Graduate Student, Horticultural Sciences


"I felt the competition was very valuable in terms of professional development…The competition caused me to engage in activities that I otherwise wouldn’t have, and it helped me to rethink my research."  
— Kelly Lemmons, Graduate Student, Geography