Preparing Future Faculty and Professional Program

3MT and 3MP Competitions


In November 2015, the Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals (PFFP) Annual Pathways Conference included a new experience for students, the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) and Three Minute Pitch (3MP) competitions. Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Akshayalakshmi Sridhar, from Biology, was the first place winner of the 2015 3MT Competition. Read about her competition experience.

3MT Competition winner, Akshayalakshmi Sridhar.

In addition to a cash prize, Akshayalakshmi traveled to Chicago in April 2016 to represent IUPUI in the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3MT competition. All winners are listed below:


  1. Akshayalakshmi Sridhar, Biology
  2. Sarvesh Chelvanambi, Physiology
  3. Pinkie Evans, Social Work

People's Choice Winner, Sarvesh Chelvanambi, Physiology


  1. Temilouwa Wright, Arts and Sciences
  2. Charanya Muralidharan, Biology
  3. Iris Wang, Business

Visit here to learn more about the Pathways Conference and next 3M competitions »