Researchers’ and scholars’ ability to create a succinct yet compelling narrative about their work is an invaluable skill.  By effectively translating complex/technical research into accessible language, researchers can better inform, educate, and inspire their audience – whether it is at a professional conference, a graduate/professional school interview, a casual dinner with friends, or any situation in between.  This event is meant to help students communicate the most important parts of their research and creative work in a short amount of time.


The 3 Minute Research Story Competition was created by ICRU, the Latham Science and Engagement Initiative, and the Honors Program to serve as an undergraduate version of the 3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT).  Participants are allotted 3 minutes and one slide to present a compelling pitch or story about their research and its significance in a language appropriate to a non-specialized audience.​  All undergraduates involved in research or creative work at the University of Iowa are encouraged to apply and compete for prizes! (Awardees are determined by a panel of graduate and professional students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty/staff.)

Watch previous 3-Minute Competitors here!

FileLook at the Judging Rubric to see what the judges are looking for!

Keep an eye on this page or sign up for the ICRU mailing list for information about the 3 Minute Research Story Competition coming up in the Fall 2017.