A Researcher's or scholar's ability to create a succinct yet compelling narrative about their work is an invaluable


skill. By effectively translating complex/technical research into accessible language, researchers can better inform, educate, and inspire their audience – whether it is at a professional conference, a graduate/professional school interview, a casual dinner with friends, or any situation in between.  This event is meant to help students communicate the most important parts of their research and creative work in a short amount of time.

Watch our 2020 Three Minute Research Story (E)Competition Participants:

1st Place: Abinaya Paravasthuramesh (Watch Abinaya!)

2nd Place: Marissa Mueller (Watch Marissa!)

3rd Place: Rikki Laser (Watch Rikki!)

The 3 Minute Research Story Competition is hosted by OUR and the Latham Science and Engagement Initiative to serve as an undergraduate version of the 3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT).  

The Spring 2020 3MRSC event is going digital.  Participants will compete through video submissions. The goal of this competition is to effectively communicate one's work/idea/story through a short, 3-minute video. Participants are allotted one 3-minute video to present a compelling pitch or story about their research and its significance in a language appropriate to a non-specialized audience.​  All undergraduates involved in research or creative work at the University of Iowa are encouraged to compete for prizes!

Watch previous 3-Minute Competitors here!