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3 Minute Thesis Competition 2019

UG 3MT Winner Femke Cnossen to Coimbra Group 3MT International finals!

“An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Your time limit: 3 minutes…”

Femke Cnossen selected for the Coimbra Group Finals

Femke Cnossen was the winner of our 2019 UG 3MT competition. After the UG competition, a video of her winning pitch was sent to the Coimbra Group for their International 3MT competition. From the 19 video's submitted by European Universities, their Doctoral Studies Working Group chose the top three entries, and Femke Cnossen of the Faculty of Economics and Business was selected as one of the top 3 candidates! Femke and the other two shortlisted candidates will compete at the Coimbra Group Annual Conference in Krakow, Poland from June 5-7, 2019 .

Three Minute Thesis®

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

About the UG 3MT The competition

Since its beginnings at the University of Queensland, 3MT competitions are now held at universities all over the world. The University of Groningen (UG) holds an annual 3MT competition in March each year. On March 13, 2019 we held our second annual competition.

The winners of the UG 3MT 2019 competition:

  • First Prize: Femke Cnossen, Faculty Economics and Business
  • Second Prize: Suzanne Schot, Faculty of Law
  • People's Choice Award: Nutifafa Doumon, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Thank you to our participants and everyone who joined the event!


Meet our 12 participants for 2019!

Twelve enthusiastic PhD students participated in the 3MT competition (four from each Graduate School cluster Science and Engineering, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities). The participants trained together in workshops given by media training experts to help them prepare for the competition. The experienced trainers were provided by Hakuna Matata and Toastmasters Groningen, and organised by MindMint, the Groningen PhD organisation for research communication.

UG prizes

Three prizes are awarded by the jury at the end of the UG 3MT event to the top PhD contestants:

  • 1st Prize
    Up to €1,250 travel expenses for an international conference and, if the UG winner will prove to be one of the shortlisted candidates for the Coimbra Group Finals, funded travel and accommodation to represent the University of Groningen at the Coimbra Group Conference in Krakow.
  • 2nd prize
    Up to €500 travel expenses for a conference/workshop
  • People’s choice award (selected by the audience)
    Up to €250 travel expenses for a conference/workshop

    Prize winners will be announced at the competition. The decision of the judges is final. Videos of the finalists’ pitches will be posted on the website and the winner will be enrolled in the Coimbra 3MT competition 2019.

Members of the Jury

Hosts: Gopher, MindMint and the Groningen Graduate Schools.

Coimbra Group
More information about 3MT®

The participants in the Famelab competition hosted by ScienceLinx have also been selected! The Famelab competition will be held on March 28th, 2019. Why not attend both?

Last modified:16 May 2019 12.31 p.m.