REGISTER for the Obermann Humanities 3MT

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

Designed to feature the work of UI humanities grad students

The Obermann Center's 2021 Humanities Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) will take place on Friday, October 1, 2021, from 4:00–5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Register to watch the event and support our students!

*We originally planned our 3MT to be an in-person event at the Iowa City Public Library but have moved it online in the interest of public health.*

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 12, 2021. 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 judges will be

  • Teresa Mangum, Director, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies;
  • Christine Getz, Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Outreach and Engagement;
  • Ben Hassman, Professor and Director of the Conversation Center, Department of Rhetoric (CLAS); and
  • Roland Racevskis, Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities.

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. Please note that the Graduate College is offering free workshops to help participants prepare for the 2021 3MT. 

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The first 15 people to register for the 2021 Obermann Humanities 3MT will be accepted and notified. We will also maintain a waiting list.

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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!