Winthrop University: 3 Minute Graduate Showcase
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3 Minute Graduate Showcase

3 Minute Graduate Showcase



Join us for the 3 Minute Graduate Showcase finals on Friday, April 15, 2022 at 6:00 PM


What is the Three Minute Graduate Showcase competition?

The Three Minute Graduate Showcase (3MGS) modifies the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition created by the University of Queensland—a contest that challenges graduate students to summarize their research within three minutes to a general audience. The University of Queensland developed the contest in 2008 to help graduate students improve their oral communication skills.


3 Minute Graduate Showcase at Winthrop

Cash prizes will be awarded to first-place ($300) and second-place winner ($150) and to a “People’s Choice” winner chosen by audience members ($150).


Abstract Submission Deadline: March 15, 2022, via Qualtrics form.
3MGS Practice Sessions: Tuesday thru Thursday, April 5-7, 2022; Kinard 015. Times vary based on participant availability. Contact April Hershey ( for details.
PowerPoint Slide Deadline: April 13, 2022




Information for Participants

If you’re interested in competing in the Three Minute Graduate Showcase Competition, you can find the information you need to participate below.

    • Only current graduate students in good academic standing are eligible to compete.
    • A student’s program of study must contain an original research or creative project.
    • The degree program does not require a thesis or dissertation

      Abstract submissions are due on March 15, 2022 by 11:00 pm via Qualtrics form -

      • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations, or movement of any description). The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
      • No additional electronic media (i.e. sound or video files) are permitted.
      • No additional props (i.e. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
      • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum; competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified automatically.
      • Presentations are to be delivered via spoken word (i.e. no poems, raps, or songs).
      • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
      • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
      • Presentations are to begin with students introducing themselves and identifying their graduate program.
      • Presentations will be recorded and may be shared on the WU Graduate School website and through other media platforms.

    Judges will evaluate competitors on these general categories:

      • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
      • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
      • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
      • Was the research topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
      • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
      • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of the presentation - or did the presenter elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
      • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
      • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize the research?
      • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for the research?
      • Did the presenter capture and maintain the audience's attention?
      • Did the speaker have sufficient presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
      • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?

    Please note: Competitors *will not* be judged on video quality (if participating via Zoom). Judging will focus on the presentation, ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience, and 3MGS PowerPoint slides.

    • Recommend competitor be standing
    • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment and animated backgrounds) are permitted within the recording
    • Shoot in landscape, not portrait
    • Use a tripod or lean your camera against something steady when shooting your video
    • Light your subject and don’t shoot video with a bright light behind you (like a sunny window)
    • Try to angle the camera so it’s not looking up or down on you
    • Avoid background noise when filming
    • Do not wear clothes with patterns or clothes that will make you blend into the background color
    • Competitor must be visible throughout the video (rather than showing only the slide at any given point)


Thanks to our 2022 3MT Judges!

We greatly appreciate the time, feedback, and expertise of our 3MGS final contest judges. Click each judge’s name below to see a brief bio.

    Former Winthrop University First Lady and philanthropist

    Executive Director of the Arts Council of York County

    Professor of Biology (retired), Winthrop University


3MGS Winners

2022 Winners

First Place | Christina Melchiorre, Studio Art | [View Video]

Second Place | Grant Mahan, Studio Art | [View Video]

People's Choice | Bethany Salisbury, Studio Art | [View Video]


2021 Winners

First Place | Shea Nunn | Teaching

Second Place | Troi' Williams | Counseling and Development 

People's Choice | Devann Gardner | Studio Art 


2020 Winners

First Place | Nicole Davenport | Arts Administration  [View Video]

Second Place | Oscar Soto | Studio Art  [View Video]

People's Choice | Carson Pender | English  [View Video]


2019 Winners

First Place | Ashley Graham | Biology

Second Place | Taylor Harrison | Human Nutrition

People's Choice | Garrett Driscoll | Biology

Last Updated: 7/13/22