Fordham-GSAS Three Minute Thesis Competition

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Thank you for tuning into the virtual 2021 Three Minute Thesis competition!

Competition winners:

1st place and People's Choice Award: Amanda Racine, Ph.D. Candidate
"What is Service?: The Development of an Idea During the Age of the Crusades"

2nd place: Mai Fahmy, Ph.D. Candidate
Biological Sciences
"Assessing Biodiversity in Madagascar through Leech-Derived iDNA"

3rd place: Jillian Minahan Zucchetto, Ph.D. Candidate
Applied Developmental Psychology
"Investigating Factors to Reduce the Experience of Loneliness among Middle-Aged and Older Adults"

Watch the live event recording here:
"Fourth Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition" 



GSAS 2019 3MT Competition

Open to all students enrolled in a GSAS master’s or doctoral program, the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed in 2008 by The University of Queensland in Australia.

The premise of the competition is to develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills. 3MT® supports the development of students’ capacity to explain effectively their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Contestants have three minutes to present compelling orations on their thesis or dissertation research, and its significance and value. One PowerPoint slide is required with no animation permitted. 3MT®is not an exercise in “watering down” research; rather, it forces students to consolidate their ideas and concisely explain their research discoveries. Be inspired -- watch 3MT presentations from past competition winners!

If you are a current student interested in participating, please review the competition  eligibility and rulestraining materials, and judging criteria. For more videos and information about the competition, visit 3MT®at the University of Queensland.

2021 Judges

  • Elise Bragard, Doctoral Student in Applied Developmental Psychology; Winner, Three Minute Thesis Competition, Spring 2020
  • Garrett Broad, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Communication and Media Studies 
  • Nana Oser-Opare, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, History
  • Donna Smolens, GSAS Alumna, Economics; Member, GSAS Dean’s Leadership Committee
  • Ryan Sullivan, Doctoral Student History; Vice President , Graduate Student Association


Competition Winner PlacementPrize Amount
First Place $1,000
Second Place $750
Third Place $500
People's Choice
(The audience will vote for the winner during the final round.)

Please direct all 3MT®-related questions to Chelsea Smith, Assistant Dean, Student Professional Development, at