Graduate School’s ‘Three-Minute Thesis’ competition to be held Nov. 8

Western Carolina University’s Graduate School will host its annual “Three-Minute Thesis” competition from noon until 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Seventeen students from seven WCU master’s and doctoral programs have registered to compete. Guest judges will choose a first- and second-place winner, and the audience will vote on a “people’s choice” winner, said Sharon McGee, associate dean of the Graduate School. The first-place winner will represent WCU at a regional competition held during the Council of Southern Graduate Schools annual meeting at the University of Arkansas.

“The 3MT competition provides graduate students the opportunity to discuss their research so that a general audience can both understand it and its value,” McGee said. “This is a wonderful experience for graduate students to practice their ‘elevator pitch,’ which is the quick summary of their work that they will often need in the job interview process.”

For more information, contact McGee at 828-227-7480 or