2020 Three Minute Thesis Pitt Competition

2020 Pitt 3MT Competition Winners!

Twenty graduate students from across the university competed in the 2020 3MT competition. This year's winners were announced on April 20, 2020.

You can still watch each contestant's video presentation here.


First Place – $1,000 travel grant

J. Stephanie Rose, School of Computing and Information

Telecommunications Policy, Regulation, and Enforcement: A 20 Year Retrospective of FCC Adjudication



Runner Up – $500 travel grant

Michelle Heusser, Swanson School of Engineering

Understanding how neurons drive eye movements may help us treat ADHD


Runner Up – $500 travel grant

Angelica Herrera, Swanson School of Engineering

Brain-computer interfaces: From the lab to daily living


People’s Choice Award – $1,000 travel grant

Xin (Oliver) Tong, School of Pharmacy

Protein-loaded polymeric films can offer protection for women against HIV infection


What is a 3MT competition?

The 3MT competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 

Read about the 2019 3MT Pitt Competition.

Read about the 2018 3MT Pitt Competition.

Who is eligible to enter?

PhD students who have successfully completed the dissertation proposal defense (PhD candidate status) and are actively in the dissertation stage of training are eligible.

3MT Resources

To learn more about the competition history, rules, and to gain valuable preparation tips, visit the 3MT Web site.