Research on the Road
UNH Graduate Students Participate in a 3MT Practice Run
Three minutes to explain your thesis to a packed coffee shop? For 11 UNH graduate students, that was the recent challenge. This is UNH’s second year participating in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) event, which allows masters and PhD students to explain their research to a general audience in three minutes – and with just one PowerPoint slide.
The official 3MT event for the Graduate School will be on April 20 from 9:30-11:30am in MUB Theater I and April 21 from 2-4pm in MUB Theater II (if you are participating, you only sign up for one day). The top competitors from the first round will advance to the final round, which will be held on April 26 from 2-4pm in MUB Theater II. Interested students may register online.
The UNH Graduate School held a practice run in February at Flight Coffee Co. in Dover. It was standing room only as Interim Dean of the Graduate School Cari Moorhead kicked off the event. The audience consisted of graduate students and UNH staff and faculty, including Assistant Dean Dovev Levine. The first rounds of the official event will take place on April 20 and 21 in the MUB.
Drummond Biles, a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, took home first place with his presentation on the efficiency of internal combustion engines.
“The practice round for the three minute thesis challenge gave me the opportunity to critically think about the importance of my research and how it will impact the world that surrounds me,” Biles explained. “It also provided me with the hurdle to trying to get others to feels as passionately as I do about the work that I perform here at UNH.
Second place went to Mia Phillips, a master’s student in Integrative and Organismal Biology, who is researching the responses of Nicrophorus burying beetles to anthropogenic seismic noise.
“I had a blast at the 3-Minute Thesis practice run,” Phillips said, adding that she entered the competition to obtain public speaking practice on her thesis proposal. “The audience was fun, supportive, and curious. It was a great opportunity to share my work and to learn about the variety of research happening here at UNH.”
Joseph Jensen, a PhD student in physics, received third place, and Myles Lynch, a PhD student in Education, received the People’s Choice Award.
The Three Minute Thesis Challenge is a big component of UNH's Graduate Research Conference (GRC) held every spring. The GRC is a celebration of academic excellence at the UNH. Over 200 UNH graduate students, from all academic disciplines, will showcase the results of their scholarly, engaged, and creative research.
This years Graduate Research Conference will be held on April 10 (Poster Presentations) and April 11 (Oral Presentations). For more information on the Three Minute Thesis competition visit our 3MT page which has information on rules, guidelines, videos of past winners, and more. Registration for the 3MT is now open. Spots are limited.