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Grad Student Award Opportunities

College of Graduate Studies Awards Opportunities: 

Three Minute Thesis Awards Program, 2021/22

Deadline Extended – New Training & Preparation workshops available during the week of January 24, 2022.

new 3MTView Three Minute Thesis Awards Details

Originally developed by the University of Queensland, the Three Minute Thesis is an awards competition that enhances skills of communication and presentation. Presenting an oral communication of master's or doctoral research in three minutes or less to a non-specialist audience can be challenging to students and professionals alike. Learn how to effectively summarize your research and make a perfect pitch that is designed for all audiences.

The 3MT awards competition, hosted by the College of Graduate Studies, traditionally begins near the end of Fall Semester and student presentations are judged in February. Monetary prizes will be awarded, $500 (first place) and $250 (runner-up). The first place winner will represent CSU in a (live or virtual) 3MT competition sponsored by the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools in March. 

3MT Training and Prep Workshops

CSU 3MT Builds Skills! A priceless reward of the 3MT competition is that, in addition to the awards competition, participants will have training and development opportunities to maximize skills in building, improving, practicing, and presenting your pitch, all while gaining valuable feedback from experts and peers. 


  • Learn the necessary presentation skills that will serve you throughout your career and profession. 
  • Build confidence and comfort for future presentations to peers, employers, investors, entrepreneurs.
  • Enjoy the benefits of free training and feedback from past 3MT award winners, peers, and CSU staff/faculty. 
  • Gain attention to and an understanding of complex research among a non-specialist audience of judges. 
  • Post your 3MT to your CV or Resume, or other platforms.
  • Achieve recognition and eligibility for prizes in the College of Graduate Studies 3MT Awards Program. 
CSU STUDENT EARNS 2ND PLACE at 2020 Regional Conference 

Fall Awards Program 

(Deadline has now passed. Watch for the next Fall Awards Program beginning in September 2022)

Graduate Student 2021/22 Fall Awards Program

Graduate Studies AwardsGraduate Student Awards and Nomination Guidelines for 2021/22

During Fall Semester, the College of Graduate Studies invites eligible graduate students to participate in the 2020/2021 Graduate Student Awards Program (Fall Semester) and the 3MT Competition (Spring Semester).  The awards programs recognize graduate student achievement across multiple categories with monetary awards ranging from $250 to $500.  Award categories include:  Research and Creative Scholarship, Thesis and Dissertation, Teaching, Engagement and Social Justice Advocacy. 

Participant Eligibility
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better 
Current CSU graduate students or no more than one year post-graduation
Request a nomination from a member of CSU Graduate Faculty
Participants must follow all Awards Guidelines linked above

NOTE: A fillable PDF of the nomination cover page can be downloaded here.  All nomination materials should be submitted at this website. You will need to log in with your CSU credentials. Please make sure you have read and followed the guidelines prior to submitting.

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