On April 19, 2022, the Caltech Library and Graduate Studies Office hosted the Three Minute Thesis Final Event and it was an exciting competition with fourteen talented finalists. The event was kicked off by University Librarian Kara Whatley and led by master of ceremonies Brian Brophy. The finalists then had three minutes to deliver a presentation on their research for the chance to win the grand prize. After a visit from last year's winner Mia de los Reyes, the winners were announced. Congratulations to Aida Behmard (PMA), who won the $3000 grand prize for her presentation, “Planets on a Galactic Scale”! The $2000 second prize went to Emily de Jong (EAS) for her presentation “Clouds: Microscale Physics with Global Impacts” and the $1000 third prize went to Skyler Ware (CCE) for her presentation “Sports Drinks for Batteries and Beyond.” The audience also chose Skyler Ware to receive the $500 people’s choice award. Thank you to all who participated and attended! (And thanks to Ling Lim for the photos!) You can watch a video of the event here.
Originally conceived by the University of Queensland, the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition challenges Caltech graduate students to explain their research in an engaging and clear three-minute talk intended for a non-specialist audience. This year’s event is jointly sponsored by the Caltech Library and the Graduate Studies Office. Given Caltech’s prominence in science and engineering communities, we feel it's important to give Caltech graduate students the opportunity to practice communicating their science in ways that will resonate and inspire.
Please note: competitors will not be judged on video recording quality or editing capabilities. Judging will focus on the presentation and the ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience. Final presentations will be judged on the presentation and the ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience.
We are pleased to partner with Caltech Theater and Public Programming for the event, which is also generously sponsored by:
There will be four prizes awarded:
The entries will be screened by a panel of librarians and campus communicators and the final competition judges are: