Three-Minute Thesis Competition

The 3-Minute Thesis competition provides emerging language researchers with an opportunity to present their research to a diverse and general audience comprised of students, faculty, and non-specialist community members from various backgrounds. This contest is designed to encourage participants to explain the fundamental points of their work in a manner accessible to a general audience. This year the 3M Thesis will be done asynchronously via pre-recorded videos.

This contest is based on the competition held during the 2019 Linguistic Society of America Institute held at UC Davis.

Congratulations to all of our 2021 3-Minute Thesis Award Winners!

  • 1st Place: Bridging the Gap Between Belief and Practice: Social Justice in Community Colleges - Emily Packer (University of San Diego)

  • 2nd place: A Glance at Portuñol from Generative Grammar - María Teresa Borneo and Nazira Günther (National University of Córdoba)

  • 3rd place: Modifier Effects on Relative Clause Attachment Preferences in Turkish - Elifnur Ulusoy (Boğaziçi University)

Check out the 3MT videos here.

To apply:

Students (undergraduate and graduate) conducting in any language-related research are invited to submit an application. The form asks for a short (200-300 words) engaging description of your talk. Applications will be selected based on their potential to be accessible to the general public. The deadline to apply is March 26th, 2021.

Voting Process

  1. 2 weeks prior to the event (Friday, May 7th) all the 3MT videos will be posted on our YouTube channel (and promoted via the symposium website and our social media platforms).

  2. Between Friday, May 7th (once the videos are posted), and Thursday, May 20th 11:59pm Pacific Time, voting for finalists will take place simply by liking the YouTube video. The finalists will be the videos with the top three most likes (upvotes).

  3. Voting closes at 11:59pm Pacific Time on Thursday, 05/20.

  4. The morning of the symposium (Fri. 05/21) the top three finalists will be announced and videos played during opening remarks and the Symposium's social media.

  5. There will be a chance for all symposium participants to watch the videos and vote.

  6. Voting will occur via an anonymous form and be open from 8:30am-3:15pm, Friday, 05/21.

  7. Only registered Symposium participants are eligible to vote. Each participant will only vote once.


  1. The winners will be announced at the end of the Symposium during closing remarks (4:15pm PDT).

  2. Winners should be present to accept their award.

  3. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

  4. Prizes will be awarded in the form of e-gift cards.

  5. 3MT winners will be contacted to confirm their preferred email address to receive their award.

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Best of luck!