To prepare for the 3MT, we recommend attending workshops hosted by Graduate College on September 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) took place on Thursday, September 29 at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. Berkley Conner, a PhD candidate in Communication Studies, won top prize for her presentation, "Guarding Gender, Race, and Nation: A Rhetorical History of Menstrual Containment."

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 receives $250 and directly advance to the campus-wide 3MT final. 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.

The Obermann Humanities 3MT uses 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. 

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

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Guidelines & Resources for Participants

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

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Past Humanities 3MT Winners

Kudos to our past winners!

Berkley Conner (pictured above) won our 2022 competition.