Aaron Bell | March 30, 2017
Mimi Ensley, a Ph.D. student from the Department of English won the 2017 Notre Dame Graduate School Shaheen Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) on Monday night in Jordan Auditorium.
The Shaheen 3MT® is a communication competition where graduate students from the colleges of Engineering, Science and Arts & Letters students try to effectively explain their research in a language appropriate to an audience of specialists and non-specialists alike, in three minutes or less. Competitors addressed a panel of judges in front of a live audience using one static slide as part of their presentation.
Ensley, whose faculty adviser is Professor Tim Machan, was the fifth of the nine competitors to present, said, “Winning 3MT® was exhilarating. I was excited and honored to be in the final round with so many hugely talented Notre Dame graduate students and winning came as an enormous surprise to me”. Initially nervous about her speech, Ensley drew strength from the support of an audience that contained many of her colleagues from the English Department and elsewhere.
A successful 3MT® presentation may contain some of the same elements as a stirring dramatic monologue with equal parts emotional and intellectual intensity. As in its theatrical counterpart, a 3MT® presentation can set a scene, reveal passions, and command the attention of an audience with conviction and poise.
Ensley bested the other eight finalists for a top prize of $2000. A second place prize of $1500 went to Julia Beck (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and $1000 to the People’s Choice winner, Mingming Cai (Electrical Engineering).