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University of Central Missouri’sThree Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition


The 3MT™, developed by The University of Queensland, is a competition that develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students' capacities to effectively explain their research to a non-specialist audience.


2018 Competition Results

Overall Winner:  Amy Biggerstaff

Picture of Amy Biggerstaff and Scott Lankford

Scott Lankford, Director of Graduate Education & Research with Amy Biggerstaff, winner of the 2018 competition.  Amy will represent UCM at the 3MT Regional Competition, at the 2018 Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 4-6, 2018. 


Runner-up:  Christina Duerr


People's Choice:  Kaila Todd


Congratulations to the Top 10 Finalists competing in the final round of the competition:


Phani Madala, Mathematics (MS)

Sentiment Analysis.   Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Plummer


Amy Biggerstaff, Psychology (MS)

I Hear You, I Hate You.   Faculty Advisor: Dr. Hyeyeon Hwang


Katelyn Tormena, Theatre (MA)

Directing Anne Frank in 2018.  Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julie Mollenkamp


Kaila Todd, Communications (MA)

Ensuring Quality Leadership in Insurance: Framing Leadership Efficacy Using a Social Constructionist Approach.   Faculty Advisor: Dr. Nicole Freeman


Jessica Sommerkamp, Communications (MA)

Old and New Media Attention: The Effects of Perceived Media Bias and Smear Tactics on American Culture.  Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carol Atkinson


Dixie Kootz-Eades, Teaching English as a Second Language (MA) 

Auditory Perception of Japanese English Language Learners.  Faculty Advisor: Dr. Christina Kitson


Shannon Dexter, Biology (MS)

The Impact of Endocrine Disruptors on Suckermouth Minnow (Phenacobius mirabilis) Reproductive Tissues.   Faculty Advisor: Dr. Scott Lankford


Laura Magerkurth, Speech-Language Pathology (MS)

The Relationship Between Asthma and Communication Disorders in Pediatric Populations.   Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carlotta Kimble


Victoria Jackson, Nutrition (MS)

Dietary Oxidized Lipids in Foods.   Faculty Advisor: Dr. Meera Penumetcha


Christina Duerr, Mathematics (MA)

Finding The Probability Of Choosing A Point Closer To The Center Of A Polygon Than To Any Edge.  Faculty Advisor: Dr. Nicholas Baeth and Dr. Rhonda McKee



How It Works

Students will have three minutes to present a compelling presentation on their research topic and its significance using only one PowerPoint slide.

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Who Can Participate

This competition is open to students performing any type of graduate research at UCM, completed or in progress. It is not limited to thesis students.

Registration is now closed for the 2018 competition.  Spectators, faculty, staff, friends, and family are welcome to attend the competition. 



The 2019 competition dates are to be determined. 

All presentations will be videotaped and will appear on the graduate studies YouTube channel


Winner: $300 - The winner will continue on to regionals and represent UCM at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, MI April 4-6, 2018.

Runner-up: $200

People’s Choice: $100 - This category will be chosen by a vote of the audience in attendance at the competition.


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description)
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified
  • The decision of the judging panel is final

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