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NMSU students compete to present research in 'Three-Minute Thesis Competition'

A master's or Ph.D. thesis takes years of research and often requires hundreds of pages to explain. But students from the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University will do their best to beat the clock and explain their discoveries to a public audience in just three minutes. The winners will receive cash prizes.

NMSU's "Three-Minute Thesis Competition," will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the Corbett Center Auditorium.

"The 3MT competition forces research candidates to consolidate their ideas and crystallize their research discoveries," said Michele Nishiguchi, a professor in the biology department at NMSU.

Boiling down years of research in a few short minutes is a difficult task but it encourages students to develop important skills that will enable them to communicate the importance of their research to the broader community.

The first place winner will receive $1000, second place receives $500 and $250 goes to third place. Winners will be announced at the end of the competition.

Participants will be judged on communication style, comprehension and engagement. A single, static PowerPoint slide may be used in the presentation.

To be eligible for the competition, candidates must be active in a higher degree research program such as a Ph.D. or masters by research or project, excluding thesis under examination. The degree must be at least two-thirds research.

Candidates must also be on track for completion within eight full-time semesters. Master's by research candidates must be within three full-time semesters.

The event, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public. For more information contact Nishiguchi at 575-646-3721 or nish@nmsu.edu.