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Congratulations to our 2023 Three Minute Thesis Winner

Competition & Peer Choice Winner: Katelyn Gobbie
  • Project Title: The Biocrust Canopy Beneath Your Feet

The Graduate School hosted the 3rd Annual 3-Minute Thesis, Essay, or Creative Project Competition in February 2023. Stay tuned for communication regarding the 4th Annual competition in Spring 2024. Contact the Graduate School ( or 216.397.4284) with any questions.

Submission Deadline

Virtual Preliminary Competition

  • February 13-15, 2023

In-Person Final Competition

  • February 20, 2023 from 5:30 - 7 p.m., St. Ignatius Hall Room 258
  • Graduate students enrolled in any Master's program at John Carroll may compete.
  • The degree program need not formally require a thesis, but topic must cover an original research project.
  • There will be one preliminary round of virtual judging with top choices selected to advance to final in-person John Carroll competition.
  • Gift card prize awarded to peer choice award and competition winners.
  • Competition winner advances on to Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3MT Competition in Chicago, IL on March 31, 2023.
  • One single static PowerPoint slide permitted, but not required. Slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description of slide content not allowed.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) or props (e.g., notecards, scripts, pointers, costumes, instruments, lab equipment) permitted.
  • Presentations limited to 3 minutes; competitors exceeding that are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have begun when a presenter begins via movement or speech.
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Developed by The University of Queensland, the Three Minute Thesis competition 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.

  • Visit the University of Queensland website above for tips on how to craft your presentation and watch example videos from past winners.

The John Carroll University Graduate School hosted its first annual 3-Minute Thesis, Essay, or Creative Project Competition virtually in 2021. The 2022 competition was offered as a hybrid event and can be viewed on the Graduate School YouTube.

Past Winners


Competition & Peer Choice Winner: Emily Staufer

  • Project Title: Toxic Toads: Characterizing Chemical Defenses in Understudied Poison Frogs


Competition & Peer Choice Winner: Kelsey Garner

  • Project Title: Assessment of Differential Behavioral Syndromes in Genetically Distinct Clades of Eastern Red-backed Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus)