3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Competition


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that supports graduate students in developing effective communication and presentation skills. Participants discuss the nature, originality, and significance of their dissertation research for non-specialist audiences.

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences' Three Minute Competition

3MT 2020: March 20, 2020.  (University of Pittsburgh 3MT: April 6, 2020)

Due to the global pandemic, the Dietrich School has forgone 3MT 2020. Students are encouraged to participate in the University competition.

3MT 2019: March 22, 2019

Overall Dietrich School 3MT Winner:  Olivia Lanes (Physics & Astronomy)


1: Jacqueline Lombard (History of Art & Architecture)

2: Ellina Sattarova (Slavic)

3: Steven Moon (Music)

Natural Sciences

1: Olivia Lanes (Physics & Astronomy)

2: Shreya Ghosh (Chemistry)

3: Melissa Plakke (Biology)

Social Sciences

1: Caitlin Schroering (Sociology)

2: Amanda Leifson (Political Science)

3: Ignacio Mamone (Political Science)

3MT Preparation Events

Dietrich School Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Information Session
February 25, 2018   –  12:00-1:00 p.m., Humanities Center, 602 CL. Dean Tara Meyer will review the Dietrich School Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, including rules and regulations, as well as the departmental nomination process. Questions are encouraged.

Pitt Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition: Speaking to Non-specialists Workshop
February 5, 2019 – 4:00-5:00 p.m., 7th Floor Auditorium, Alumni Hall

Come and learn all you need to know to compete in the second annual Pitt Three Minute Thesis, to be held on April 1, 2019. In this workshop, Meghan Culpepper from the Office of the Provost will review the rules and eligibility requirements for the 3MT Competition, and Dr. Joel Brady from the Center for Teaching and Learning will provide students with helpful hints to prepare a three-minute oration and an accompanying presentation slide of their research. Register here. The 3MT is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the University Library System, and the Center for Teaching and Learning. New this year will be celebrity judges and a People’s Choice Award.

3MT 2018

The 2018 Dietrich School and University 3MT competitions were impressive displays of skills in communicating the substance, originality, and relevance of dissertation research concisely and in accessible ways to non-specialist audiences.

With warm congratulations to the divisional winners and runners-up, here are the results:

Dietrich School Winner:

Katie Wozniak (Biological Sciences): Signaling Mechanisms of the Fast Polyspermy Block in Xenopus Laevis. Katie went on to win the University competition!

Division Results

Natural Sciences:
1. Katherine Wozniak (Biological Sciences): Signaling Mechanisms of the Fast Polyspermy Block in Xenopus Laevis
2. Sarah Smith (Biological Sciences): From Code to Shape: Investigating the Connection between Genes and the Formation of an Anatomical Structure
3. John Dimoff (Psychology): It's Different When We're Together: The Impact of Experiencing a Peak-Provoked Cigarette Craving State with a Smoking Friend

Social Sciences:
1. Yi Han (Economics): Blame Shifting through Delegation: Evidence from China's One Child Policy
2. Huseyin Ilgaz (Political Science): What is the Effect of External Interventions (Military, Economic, Diplomatic) in Terminating Civil Wars?
3. Ljiljana Pantovic (Anthropology): Private within the Public: Negotiating Birth in Serbia

1. Samuel Allen (Communication): Comparative Monsterization: A Rhetorical History of the Lives and Exhibitions of Conjoined Twins in the 19th Century Samuel went on to become one of two runners-up in the University competition!
2. Laura Feibush (English): Towards a Rhetoric of Listening in and Beyond Scenes of Writing Instruction
3. Li-Fang Lai (Linguistics): Intonation in Contact: Prosodic Transfer and Innovation Among Yami-Mandarin Bilinguals The second runner-up at the university level was Nemi Vora from Civil and Environmental Engineering.