The University of Queensland originally developed the Three Minute Thesis in 2008. While many theses can take hours to present, this competition calls upon contestants to deliver one in three minutes. It is not an exercise that aims to trivialize research, rather, it challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so that a non-specialist audience may better understand the ideas.

The first-place winner of the competition receives $1,000. The second-place winner receives $700. The third-place and People’s Choice winners will each receive $500. The first-place winner will also represent Ball State at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

This year at Ball State, the 3MT competition was held on 2/22. Two English grad students were placed on the podium!

🎊 Grace Brenner placed 1st and was the people’s choice winner! 🎊

πŸŽ‰ Runlan Liu placed 3rd! πŸŽ‰


Grace is in the TESOL concentration of the TESOL & Linguistics MA.

Runlan is in the dual concentration of the TESOL & Linguistics MA.

We are very proud of our winners this year and look forward to their future endeavors.