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Fordham-GSAS Three Minute Thesis Competition

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Thank you for tuning into the virtual 2020 Three Minute Thesis competition!

Competition winners:

1st place and People's Choice Award: Elise Bagard
Applied Developmental Psychology
"The Role of Sexual Agency and Peer Influences on Perceived Sexting Consequences Among Adolescent Girls"

2nd place: Michael Sanders
"Forgotten Roads to Jerusalem: Spanish Connections to the Holy Land from the Middle Ages to the Modern Era"

3rd place: Stephen Johnson
Biological Sciences
"Evolution of Field Mustard in Response to Experimental Drought"

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

GSAS 2019 3MT Competition
Photo by Lauren Grizzaffi

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.

2020 Judges

  • Garrett Broad, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies; Director of Graduate Studies, M.A., Public Media 
  • Alex Finn-Atkins, Ph.D. Candidate in English; Vice President, GSA
  • Sal Giambanco, GSAS '90, Partner, Omidyar Network; Member, GSAS Dean’s Leadership Committee
  • Maria Nardone, Ph.D., GSAS '82, Psychologist and Organizational Consultant; Member, GSAS Dean’s Leadership Committee
  • Ana Rabasco, Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology; 1st place winner of the Spring 2019 Three Minute Thesis competition
  • Jacqueline Reich, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Communication and Media Studies; Interim Chair, Department of Classics


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 Christine Kelly, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Student Professional Development, at