Winners of the 2014 U21 Three Minute Thesis competition announced!

28 October 2014
Maryland student beats off worldwide competition to be named U21 3MT winner by judges and peers alike.

After years of research, months of planning and hours of practice, two PhD students from the U21 network have been awarded prizes for just three minutes’ work.


The U21 Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT) saw over 800 entrants from PhD candidates around the world, all trying to explain their research and its importance to an audience of non-specialists in three minutes.

The competition, originally devised by the University of Queensland, invited students from around the Universitas 21 network to enter local events at their home university, the winners of which went through to the worldwide final. 17 U21 member universities took part this year and the research topics presented ranged from the ancient Demotic language to spinal cord repair to the design of wind turbines.

The winners of the 2014 competition were:


  • First Prize - Amy Marquardt, University of Maryland
  • Highly Commended - Bevan Main, University of Melbourne
  • People's Choice - Amy Marquardt, University of Maryland



The full press release can be downloaded below, or found on the U21 3MT pages