UGA to Hold Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition

Mar 14, 2019

Qualified University of Georgia students have until Monday, March 18th to register for a chance to practice their communication skills and win up to $1,000.

UGA’s Graduate School is hosting its annual research communication competition called Three Minute Thesis. All Master and PhD students can register to take part in the event. Meredith Welch-Devine director of interdisciplinary programs, with the Grad school has more.

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“We’ve been running them at UGA since 2012, we were actually one of the very first in the U.S. to start this competition,” according to Welch-Devine. “It challenges students to communicate their work to nonscientific and non-specialist audiences.”

She says the competition comes with a unique set of requirements.

“The kicker is they just have three minutes. They get one power point slide, it can’t have any fancy transitions or movement, no costumes, no props, it’s just them and their ideas.”

Three prizes will be awarded, with the first place winner taking home $1,000.; the runner-up $750 and the People’s Choice receives $500.

The competition is open to students from all fields, not just science. Students earning research degrees in romance languages, comparative literature and history are just some of the other areas of study involved.

“So it’s such a fun event because there’s so much variety and so much passion about so many distinct subjects.”

To register, visit