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3 Minute Thesis Competition


The American Academy of Health Behavior invites graduate students and newly graduated post-doctoral professionals within 2-years of their post doctoral degree and not yet in a tenure-track position to participate in the annual 3-minute Thesis Competition during the AAHB Scientific Meeting in April 2024. The 3-minute Thesis is an academic competition that challenges presenters to deliver compelling pre-recorded oration on their research agenda, highlighting the significance and impact of their research in no more than 180 seconds using a single slide.There will be a Judges’ Winner and Runner-up and a People’s Choice Winner.

Competition Rules:

  • There is no requirement for having an accepted or submitted abstract for the annual conference. All students and post-docs within 2 years of their doctoral degree are eligible to apply.
  • The research must be the student's or postdoc's original research (i.e., student thesis or dissertation project), or may originate from a student-led research question that stems from a faculty or mentor research project. Research that is the outcome of a faculty or mentor project without significant contribution to the study design, data collection, data analysis, and synthesis is not eligible for this competition.
  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any kind are allowed. The slide will 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) are permitted.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps or songs).

Presentations are limited to 3 minutes. With 30 seconds to go, the timekeeper will notify the presenter. A bell chimes at the end of the 3-minute period. If a competitor continues to speak after the bell chimes, he or she is disqualified from the competition.  Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts his or her presentation through either movement or speech.

Competitors will be notified of the status of their submission by March 2024. If entered into the competition, it is expected that you will register for the conference.

Click HERE to Register for the 3-Minute Thesis Competition!

2023 3-Minute Thesis Winners

  • Judge's Winner: Idara Akpan, University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • People's Choice Winner: Hannah Appleseth, Oklahoma State University

2022 3-Minute Thesis Winners

  • Judge's Winner: Cassandra Beattie, Kansas State University
  • Runner Up: Annalynn Galvin, University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • People's Choice Winner: Abbie Luzius, Community Clinic

2021 Virtual 3-Minute Thesis Winners

  • Judge's Winner: Shuhan Yuan, Indiana University
  • People's Choice Winner: Tzung-Shiang Ou, MS, RN, Indiana University

2019 3-Minute Thesis Winners

  • Three Minute Thesis Winner: Layton Reesor, The University of Houston
  • Three Minute Thesis People’s Choice (same person as above): Layton Reesor, The University of Houston
  • Three Minute Thesis Runner-Up: Tzung-Shiang Ou, Indiana University
  • Three Minute Thesis Second Runner-Up: Matthew Kearney, Drexel University

2018 3-Minute Thesis Winners

  • 1st Place Award & People's Choice Award: Vinu IIakkuvan, George Washington University
  • 2nd Place Award: Taylor Lensch, University of Nevada, Reno

2017 3-Minute Thesis Winners

  • 1st Place: Brittany Hollerbach, Kansas State University
  • People's Choice:: Xuewei Chen, Texas A&M University

Example of Presentation

Sample Slide Images Below

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