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NMSU graduate, Ph.D. students to compete in ‘Three-Minute Thesis’ presentations

Graduate students pour hours of energy, dedication and research into preparing their theses. As a result, a typical 80,000-word thesis would likely take nine hours to present.

New Mexico State University students will have three minutes.

For the fourth year, the College of Arts and Sciences will present the “Three-Minute Thesis Competition,” at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at Corbett Center Auditorium.

The competition requires Ph.D. candidates to consolidate their ideas and crystallize their research discoveries and defend their thesis for a panel of judges in three minutes or less. The competition supports the development of research candidates' capacity to communicate their ideas effectively to a wide-range of non-specialist audiences as well as to the community.

Participants will deliver their thesis with only a single PowerPoint slide. No other electronic media, props or costumes are permitted. Those competitors going over the three-minute limit will be disqualified.

Presenters will be judged on communication style, comprehension and engagement.

First, second and third place winners will receive cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250, respectively. Winners will be announced after the presentations.

The public is welcomed to attend this free event.

For more information, including registration details, visit http://artsci.nmsu.edu/en/forms/3-minute-thesis-application.