UKGradResearch Live! 2019

Congratulations to all 2019 UK GradResearch Live! Winners

Congratulations to all of our 2019 winners! Click here for a YouTube playlist of all of our contestants, or click on the videos below to watch our winners.

First Place Winner and People's Choice: Natalie Malone - "Can a Meditation Help Heal Racial Trauma?"

Second Place Winner: Carli Loss - "Suzie's Smile"

Third Place Winner: Julia Schulz - "The Terminator in the Brain"


Check out all of our 2019 winners below:

Pre-3MT Winners

Kameron White McDaniel People's Choice - First Place
Zakary Clements People's Choice - Second Place

3 Minute Thesis Winners

Natalie Malone First Place and People's Choice
Carli Loss Second Place
Julia Schulz Third Place

Postdoc Winners

Sathya Velmurugan People's Choice - First Place
Oliver Voecking People's Choice - Second Place


Special Thanks to all of our finalists, whose fascinating research made for an amazingly successful event:


Rules and Judging Criteria

The 3MT portion of UK GradResearch Live! will follow the traditional 3MT rules below, while the Showcase will follow the same basic rules with exceptions stated below.

Click here for a printable rubric with rules and judging criteria.

NOTE: All presenters should review the international 3MT COMPETITOR GUIDE found here on the University of Queensland (Australia) site.

3MT & Postdoctoral Showcase Rules​

  • The competition is limited to students currently pursuing a master's or doctoral degree at the University of Kentucky and who have not previously won a campus-wide 3MT competition.
  • A single static presentation slide is allowed (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any kind are allowed; the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment, etc.) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum; competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken-word prose (e.g. no poetry, raps, or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the judges is final.

Pre-3MT Rules

The Showcase will follow the same basic 3MT rules with the following exceptions:

  • Presentations can be from 1 to 3 minutes, but still must not exceed 3 minutes.
  • A single 3”x5” note card is allowed for reference if needed. 


Over $3,000 in Prizes!

People's Choice, First Place*: $500
People's Choice, Second Place*: $250

Judges score the presentations based on the rubric criteria above.
First Place: $750 plus paid travel to the 3MT Regional Competition of choice
Second Place: $500 plus paid travel to a different 3MT Regional Competition
Third Place: $250
People's Choice*: $250

Postdoc 3MT
People's Choice, First Place*: $500
People's Choice, Second Place*: $250

Audience members vote on their favorite presentations at the end of each track

About 3MT

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UK GradResearch Live! was born out of the The University of Queensland’s 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, a research presentation initiative that challenges graduate students to effectively communicate their research to a general audience, with a single slide, in three minutes or less. Click here to learn more about the history of 3MT.

The Graduate School and Graduate Student Congress have hosted 3MT competitions at The University of Kentucky since 2013, and our participants have found them an excellent way to practice their communication and presentation skills while sharing their research with their peers.

This year we’re rebranding and expanding the competition to reach a larger audience across campus and throughout the local community with a public showcase, numerous prizes, and a reception. Keep reading to learn more about UK GradResearch Live!


Below are some different resources related to UK GradResearch Live! and Three Minute Thesis. For specific questions, please contact Morris Grubbs.