2017 Three Minute Thesis Competition


Three Minute Thesis Logo 


Mr. Peter Borg, a doctoral student in the Department of History emerged as the winner of the Three Minute Thesis competition! 

 watch the 2017 3MT Competition

The Graduate School and Marquette University made history on Friday, February 24, 2017, by hosting its first Three Minute Thesis competition. The Three Minute Thesis is a global research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland in Australia. It is an academic competition for doctoral and master’s degree students that require each participant to explain his or her research effectively in three minutes, using one slide, with no animation. 

3MT Participants Group Picture

2017 Three Minute Thesis Judges

The competition started with 21 participants who competed in a qualifying round judged by Marquette University faculty.


Marilyn Frenn ImageDr. Marylyn Frenn

Professor,  PhD Nursing 






 Gary Krenz ImageDr. Gary Krenz

Professor, MSCS

Photo of Timothy Melchert - Professor of College of Education at MarquetteDr. Timothy Melchert

Professor, College of Education





 Photo of Lezlie Knox  Dr. Lezlie Knox

Associate Professor, History


Presenters, Winners and Awards

Ten finalists were chosen to compete for the coveted prize of $1,000. Additionally, $500 was awarded to the Runner Up and the audience voted for the People’s Choice winner who was also awarded $500.

3MT Judges PictureThe final competition was judged by Dr. Daniel     Myers, Provost, Marquette University; Ms. Kelly McShane, Trustee, Marquette University Board of Trustees; Ms. Griselda Aldrete, President and CEO of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee; and Ms. Karen Herzog, Higher Education Reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.




Borg PictureMr. Peter Borg, a doctoral student in the Department of History emerged as the winner with only two seconds to spare with his presentation "The Colored Problem“--Milwaukee's White Urban Churches Respond to the Second Great Migration Mr. Borg will represent Marquette University as he moves forward to compete in a regional competition in April at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools in Indianapolis, Indiana.






Cleland PictureThe Runner Up was awarded to Mr. Brice Cleland, a doctoral student in Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Science with his presentation Compensation and Brain Activation Post-Stroke.






Fealey PictureThe People’s Choice was awarded to Ms. Meghan Fealey, a doctoral student in Biological Sciences with her presentation Organizing Your Genes.





Watch the Ten Finalists Presentations

Sundberg   Christopher Sundberg
   Race Against the Clock: Improving Life in an Aging World
   Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Science
   Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Sandra Hunter





Aleiou Picture   Ali Aleiou
   Predicting Restenosis in Drug Eluting Coronary Stents
   Biomedical Engineering
   Thesis Advisor: Dr. John LaDisa





Alexander Picture   Jennifer Alexander
    Using Emotion Regulation to Understand Destructive Habits

    Clinical Psychology
    Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Douglas Woods





Liu Picture  Yi Liu
  Ocean Acidification: Alga Knows It in Its Bones
   Biological Sciences
   Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Pinfen Yang





Newman Picture  Amy Newman
  Pediatric Oncology Nurses’ Experiences with Prognosis-Related Communication
  Department of Nursing
  Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Marianne Weiss





Borg Picture  Peter Borg
  “The Colored Problem”--Milwaukee’s White Urban Churches Respond to the Second Great Migration
   Department of History
   Dissertation Advisor: Dr. James Marten




Cleland Picture  Brice Cleland
  Compensation and Brain Activation Post-Stroke
   Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Science
   Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Sheila Schindler-Ivens





Whitaker Picture  Robert Whitaker
  The Epistemology of Disagreement: Hume, Kant and the Current Debate
   Department of Philosophy
   Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Michael Wreen





Fealey Picture  Meghan Fealey
  Organizing Your Genes
  Biological Sciences
  Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Lisa Petrella





Deering Picture  Rita Deering
  The “Core” Problem with Postpartum Care
   Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Science
   Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Sandra Hunter




For more information about the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), contact the Marquette University Graduate School at mugs@marquette.edu.