3 Minute Research Presentation

What is 3MRP?

The 3 Minute Research Presentation (3MRP) Competition is a contest where graduate students explain their thesis, dissertation, or capstone research or creative work in a face-to-face presentation to an intelligent, non-specialist audience in three minutes.  The competition is designed to increase graduate students'  communication skills and their capacity to effectively present their research and creative work.  

Learn more about 3MRP

Students may present research they are conducting for a thesis, dissertation, or non-thesis research capstone project or creative work they are working on while pursuing their master's or doctoral degree.  Students will present their research face-to-face and compete in heats before advancing to the finals.


The 3MRP competition is similar to the well-established program that is gaining increased momentum across the globe, namely, the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), which was first developed by the University of Queensland in 2008.  This form of research communication is aimed at "developing academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience."

What is the value of the 3MRP?

The 3MRP competition provides graduate students with the opportunity to develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills.  Students learn to effectively explain their research or creative work by consolidating their ideas and summarizing their research discoveries into a three minute presentation in language appropriate for an intelligent, non-specialist audience.  Students are challenged to present clear and concise, yet engaging and convincing information/discourse on their research or creative work and its significance.  Students benefit from the challenge of presenting their research or creative work face-to-face, which allows them to develop presentation skills and experience and could lead to new ideas and collaborations.  Presenting complex research and creative works in this non-traditional way also increases the understanding, appreciation, and interest around research and creative work at Northern Arizona University.

Final Competition

The final competition was held on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at 3:30 pm in Ashurst Auditorium.  The second annual GSG Poster Symposium took place immediately following the 3MRP final competition.  For more information about the GSG Poster Symposium, please click here.

2016 Winners

First PlaceUzma Tahir
Second PlaceChristopher Lanterman
Third PlaceWilliam Schleiffarth
People's ChoiceMatthew Muchna

2016 Finalists (in alphabetical order)

Name3MRP TitleProgramDepartment or SchoolAdvisor
Roger GuielPower Harvesting using Shape Memory AlloysMS in Mechanical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringConstantin Ciocanel
Hoda HaratiCommon Vocabulary Across all Majors in the English LanguageEdD in Curriculum and InstructionTeaching and LearningHossein Farhady
Christopher LantermanSeeing Disability Differently...by DesignEdD in Curriculum and InstructionTeaching and LearningKaren Applequist
Michelle MattarThe Unheard Voice of AddictionMA in AnthropologyAnthropologyLisa Jane Hardy
Alicia MesserAthletic Tape & Ankle Sprains: A Sticky SituationDPT in Physical TherapyPhysical Therapy and Athletic TrainingTarang Jain
Matthew MuchnaSegregation, Gentrification, and the Return of the RioMA in Applied SociologySociology and Social WorkKooros Mahmoudi
William SchleiffarthMysterious Volcanoes in Turkey: Will they erupt again?PhD in Earth Science and Environmental SustainabilityEarth Science and Environmental SustainabilityMary Reid
Uzma TahirEmulating Biological Movement Using a Robotic ProsthesisPhD in BiologyBiological SciencesKiisa Nishakawa

Winners from the 2016 3MRP Competition advanced to the statewide Arizona 3 Minute Grad Slam (AZ3MGS) competition with University of Arizona on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.  Two of NAU participants received awards at the AZ3MGS Competition:

  • Uzma Tahir, First Place
  • Chris Lanterman, Third Place

Sponsors of the final competition:

  • Graduate College
  • Cline Library
  • NAU Retirees Association
  • Center for International Education
  • Office of the Provost
  • Office of the Vice President for Research
  • Graduate Student Government
  • NAU Bookstore
  • Academic Colleges
    • College of Education
    • College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences
    • College of Health and Human Services
    • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • University College

2015 Final Competition

2015 Final Competition

The final competition was held on Monday, April 6, 2015, in Ashurst Auditorium.

2015 Winners

First PlaceSean Mahoney
Second PlaceRachel Lucas
Third Place     Morgan Roberts
People's Choice Brian Kinslow

2015 Finalists (in alphabetical order)

Name          3MRP TitleProgramDepartment or
Confronting a Bacterial
Disease Affecting Rural
Communities in Ecuador 
PhD in BiologyDepartment of
Biological Sciences
Examining the Effectiveness
of Reminiscence Therapy
using iPads in Individuals
with Moderate Dementia 
MS in Clinical 
Department of 
Sciences and 
Is This a Good Test? Can You
Prove It? 
PhD in 
Applied Linguistics
Department of EnglishJoan 
Strategic Trade-offs: A Case
Study of Sierra Club's Electric
Vehicles Initiative 
MA in 
Department of
Betsy 'Anne'
Sustaining a Threatened Tree
Species in the Wake of a
Century-Old Mistake 
PhD in Forest
School of Forestry Kristen 
Ecological Implications of a
Fern that Accumulates Arsenic 
 PhD in BiologyDepartment of 
Biological Sciences
Exercise is Medicine, but Who
Prescribes It?
DPT in Physical
Department of
Physical Therapy 
and Athletic
Can Non-Contact Injuries in
Athletes be Prevented? 
DPT in Physical
Department of
Physical Therapy
and Athletic 
Injury Prevention: Diving in
Feet First
DPT in Physical
Department of 
Physical Therapy
and Athletic
Beetles and Weevils: A New
Food Source for Birds? 
MS in Biology Department of
Biological Sciences
Can Uranium Exposure 
Contribute to Skin Cancer?
MS in ChemistryDepartment of
Diane Sterns 
The Paws to Consider: C.A.T.
and Attention-Deficit Concerns   
MS in Clinical-
Department of 
Sciences and 

2014 Final Competition

2014 Final Competition

The final competition was held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Ashurst Hall.  Twenty graduate students participated in the preliminary heats, and twelve students advanced to the finals. 

  • Watch videos of the final presentations!

2014 Winners

First PlaceSerra Hoagland
Second PlaceJohn Kline
Third Place     Antony Jaurequi
People's Choice AwardTanya Sutton

2014 Finalists (in alphabetical order)

Name3MRP TitleProgramDepartment or SchoolAdvisor
Ana Dyreson     Solar Photovoltaics Variability and Spatial SmoothingMS in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering EmphasisDepartment of EngineeringTom Acker
Serra HoaglandOwls, Treatments and TribesPhD in Forest ScienceSchool of Forestry     Paul Beier
Anthony JaurequiCreation of Polysaccharide Based Aerogels for Integration in an Electronic Double Layer CapacitorMS in Chemistry     Department of ChemistryCindy Browder and Cornel Ciocanel
Tingting KangEvaluating the Effectiveness of Podcasts in Second Language Listening and Speaking InstructionPhD in Applied LinguisticsDepartment of EngishJoan Jamieson
Annika KeeleyDesigning Wildlife LinkagesPhD in Forest ScienceSchool of ForestryPaul Beier
John KlineA Conversion Table for Running on Lower Body Positive Pressure (LBPP) TreadmillsDPT in Physical TherapyDepartment of Physical Therapy and Athletic TrainingHendrik de Heer
Sonia MehtaFinding the WordsMS in Clinical Speech-Language PathologyDepartment of Communication Sciences and DisordersEmi Isaki
Seonmin ParkThe Comparison between Input and Output Vocabulary InstructionPhD in Applied LinguisticsDepartment of EnglishDouglas Biber
Tanya SuttonChemicals, the Environment and You: The Effects of Potentially Disruptive Chemicals on Health OutcomesMS in BiologyDepartment of Biological Sciences     Catherine Propper
Jessica SwetishBenchmarking Models for NASA's Carbon Monitoring SystemMS in Environmental Sciences and PolicySchool of Earth Sciences and Environmental SustainabilityDeborah Huntzinger
Emily WhiteGot Knee Pain?     DPT in Physical TherapyDepartment of Physical Therapy and Athletic TrainingHendrik de Heer
John WilliamsonIs She Mad? Facial Affect Recognition Training Through Telepractice for Individuals with Chronic Traumatic Brain InjuryMS in Clinical Speech-Language PathologyDepartment of Communication Sciences and Disorders     Emi Isaki


Submitting an abstract

The deadline to submit abstracts was extended to 11:59 PM on Monday, January 25, 2016 (from Friday, December 18, 2015).  

Abstracts must be submitted using the Abstract Form to 3MRP@nau.edu or through the 3MRP BbLearn Course Shell.  

We recommend using Internet Explorer to access the PDF Abstract Form.  You may need to download the form, depending on your browser and Adobe Reader versions.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to complete these forms, please contact us at gradsuccess@nau.edu.

More Information about Submitting Your Abstract

You must self-enroll in the 3MRP BbLearn Course before you can access the modules or submit your abstract.  

You will need to complete two modules, Overview and Submitting Your Abstract, before you may submit your abstract.  If you do not complete the two modules, you will not be able to submit your abstract.

Please use the 2016 Abstract Form to submit your abstract.  This form may be uploaded into the 3MRP BbLearn Course as either a PDF or Word document, depending on which format you choose to use.

If you have questions about submitting your abstract, please contact us at 3MRP@nau.edu or (928) 523-4338.

Information and Training Sessions

Information and Training Sessions

The Graduate College hosted information and training sessions on November 4 and 5.  Participants were strongly encouraged to attend an information and training session prior to submitting an abstract in December 2015.

Training Sessions

The Graduate College will provide additional training and practice sessions in January, February, and March 2016.  3MRP participants are required to attend these training and practice sessions.  These sessions are also open to all graduate students.  

Additional Training Resources

Presentation Example


Watch Video: 3MRP-Liu

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