Spacer

To prepare for the 3MT, we recommend attending workshops hosted by Graduate College on September 16, 23, and 30 (2022) and watching videos of 3MT Workshops hosted by the Graduate Success Center.

Designed to feature the work of UI humanities grad students

The Obermann Center's 2022 Humanities Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) will take place on Thursday, September 29, 2022, from 4:30–5:30 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library (Room A). 

Our 3MT is specially designed to feature the work of UI humanities graduate students. The 3MT event challenges graduate students to articulate their complex research clearly and concisely to non-specialist audiences in three minutes or fewer. The presented research can be a student’s thesis or PhD work, research related to an internship or other outside project, or research pertaining to a specific class. The only requirement is that it is the student’s research and that it has a humanities focus.

The winner will receive $250 and directly advance to the campus-wide 3MT final on November 11. Obermann Humanities 3MT participants may or may not choose to participate in the campus-wide 3MT contest. The winner of the Obermann Humanities 3MT, however, will advance to and be required to participate in the UI finals.

Judges will include Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Associate Vice President for Research, and Ben Hassman, Co-Director of the UI Conversation Center.

The Obermann Humanities 3MT will use the same rules and judging criteria as the campus-wide 3MT hosted by the UI Graduate College. View the full judging criteria on the Grad College website. Several pre-recorded workshops are available to help participants prepare for the 3MT. 

The first 15 people to register for the Obermann Humanities 3MT will be accepted and notified. We will also maintain a waiting list. REGISTER!

Hand writing with fountain pen

Register

The first 15 people to register for the 2022 Obermann Humanities 3MT will be accepted and notified. We will also maintain a waiting list.

old-fashioned microphone

Guidelines & Resources for Participants

Judging criteria, presenter guidelines, tips, and video resources for students participating in this year's Humanities 3MT.

Christie Vogler in library

Past Humanities 3MT Winners

Kudos to our past winners!