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3MT and 3MP Competitions

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The Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals (PFFP) Annual Pathways Conference includes 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.

2017 IUPUI Three Minute Thesis Competition Winners Announced

Is it possible to communicate a thesis in three minutes? Ten PhD students proved they could by participating in the 2017 IUPUI Three Minute Thesis Competition, which occurred during the annual Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals (PFFP) Annual Pathways Conference last month in Hine Hall. Antja-Voy Hartley from the School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, won the competition. The runner-up and People's Choice Award winner was Janet Panoch, from the School of Liberal Arts, Department of Communication Studies.

Antja-Voy Hartley, 3MT award winner, and Tabitha Hardy, IUPUI Assistant Dean

Antja-Voy Hartley, 3MT Award winner, with Tabitha Hardy at the 2017 Pathways Conference.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), developed by The University of Queensland, 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.

“The Three Minute Thesis competition requires students to communicate their research to a lay audience in a very concise manner which can be quite the challenge. We are so excited to host the event on our campus and hope to get more students involved in the future,” said Tabitha Hardy, Ph.D., assistant dean and director of the PFFP program in the IUPUI Graduate Office.

Hartley’s topic was “What You Know Can Kill You: Targeting Unique Features of Cancer Cells for Drug Development” and Panoch’s topic was “Preparing High School Students to Communicate Effectively with Healthcare Professionals”.

Hartley won $500 and will travel to the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan to represent IUPUI in the regional 3MT competition. Panoch won $350 as runner-up and $150 as People’s Choice Award winner.

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Antja-Voy Hartley's 3MT presentation on "What You Know Can Kill You: Targeting Unique Features of Cancer Cells for Drug Development."

Janet Panoch's 3MT presentation on "Preparing High School Students to Communicate Effectively with Healthcare Professionals."

  • 2015 3MT Winners

    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:

    3MT

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

    People's Choice Winner, Sarvesh Chelvanambi, Physiology

    3MP

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