2017 Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Winners

Group Photo Left to right: Duke Biber, Carmen Corina Goman, Brittani Carter, Molly K. Duncan

Georgia State University hosted the final round of its inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition on Monday, March 27, 2017

3MT is a research communication competition that was developed by the University of Queensland in Australia in 2008. 3MT helps students enhance their ability to explain research effectively and appropriately to non-specialist audiences. Students have three minutes to present compelling orations on their thesis or dissertation topics and their significance.

Since its inception at the University of Queensland, 19 countries and more than 35 research universities in the United States have held 3MT Competitions among their students.

At Georgia State’s inaugural 3MT Final Competition, more than 100 attendees were there to show their support for the 12 finalists who worked so hard on their orations.

6 Master’s and 6 Doctoral students advanced to the final round of the competition. There were first place, second place and People’s Choice Award winners for both the Masters and the Ph.D. categories. First place winners received $500, second place winners received $250, and People’s Choice Award winners received $100.

Special thanks to our co-sponsor The University Library.

Congratulations again to all the finalists and the winners for an outstanding job, and thank you to all who showed their support to our students!


Georgia State’s 2017 3MT Winners:

1st Place & People’s Choice: Doctoral Category

Duke Biber, College of Education and Human Development

Advisor: Rebecca Ellis, Ph.D.

Presentation Title:“The Effect of a Mindful Self-Compassion Intervention on University Physical Activity Motivation and Behavior.”


2nd Place: Doctoral Category

Carmen Corina Goman, College of Arts and Sciences

Advisor: Marian Meyers, Ph.D.

Presentation Title: “Understanding the Role of Forgiveness during End-of-Life.”


1st Place & People’s Choice: Master’s Category

Brittani Carter, School of Public Health

Advisor: Claire Adams Spears, Ph.D.

Presentation Title: “Rates of Smoking and Visitations to Healthcare Facilities Among People Living with HIV in Higher-Risk vs. Lower-Risk Areas in Atlanta, Georgia.”


2nd Place: Master’s Category

Molly K. Duncan, College of Education and Human Development

Advisor: Dr. Amy Lederberg

Presentation Title: “Improve and Repeat: Improving Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children’s Vocabulary Through Conversation.”


Photos From the Event


Click here for the complete list of 3MT finalists.