3 Minute Research Presentation

What is the 3 Minute Research Presentation?

The 3 Minute Research Presentation (3MRP) Project 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.  

Final Competition

Abstracts for the 2015 Competition were due on Monday, January 19, 2015.
The final competition will be held on Monday, April 6, 2015.  Preliminary heats will be held in March 2015.

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 project draws heavily from a 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.

Informational and Training Sessions

Informational Sessions

The Graduate College hosted informational sessions in the Graduate College Conference Room (Ashurst, Building 11. Room A109) during the fall.  

View the 3MRP Informational Session PowerPoint Presentation.

Training Sessions

The Graduate College provided training workshops in January and February 2015.  3MRP participants are required to attend one training session and at least one practice session.  These presentation were also open to all graduate students.  

Training Session Materials

Training Sessions Videos

Additional Training Resources

2014 3MRP Competition

The final competition was held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm in Ashurst Hall.  Twenty graduate students participated in the preliminary heats, and twelve students advanced to the finals. 

  • Watch videos of the final presentations!


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

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


Presentation Example


Watch Video: 3MRP-Liu

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