Academic Agenda
Monday, December 5- Sunday, December 11, 2022
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition was developed by The University of Queensland (UQ). 3MT hones students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes with a single static PowerPoint slide in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

The BGSU competition will be held in the BTSU Union Theater on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023 at 2:30 p.m. The deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 (entries received after that date will be considered if space is available). Competitors need to submit their presentation slide by Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023 by 5pm.

The BGSU competition will offer the following prizes:

1st Place: $500 2nd Place: $300 3rd Place: $200

The first-place winner will also be entered into the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3MT competition, which will be held on March 31, 2023 in Chicago, IL. To register, go to
Good Afternoon,

My name is Nick Malendowski, and I am serving as the 2022-2023 Graduate Student Senate Vice President. Each year, the Graduate Student Senate (GSS), hosts an interdisciplinary colloquium in the spring to celebrate the original research being done by graduate students. 

This colloquium features the Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence, and we are inviting all BGSU graduate faculty to be judges for this event to assist in the selection of two finalists, within each of three disciplines (Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Math & Sciences).

Your role as faculty judge will be to: read and evaluate applicant research submissions across multiple disciplines; critique each paper submission with judging rubrics provided by GSS; and provide a score for the overall submission of the research papers provided. Each paper will be reviewed a minimum of two times from faculty in two different disciplines to ensure the paper is being rated appropriately.

Of the submissions that the judges receive, the top two scoring papers from each discipline will move on to the finalist panel to compete for the 1st and 2nd place awards for the Charles E. Shanklin Research Excellence Award. The first-place awardee will receive $1,250.00 and second place will receive $750.00. 

Individuals who are not in the top two for their discipline will still be invited to present their research during our panels taking place the rest of the day, giving them an additional chance at a monetary award.

We are also seeking judges for these award categories, which include poster presentations, creative presentations, and research abstract presentations.

This is a wonderful way to engage in service within the BGSU academic community and to contribute to the professional development of BGSU graduate student research and academic excellence. Your service will be recognized in two ways: once, at our Shanklin Awards Ceremony being held on the evening of Wednesday, April 5, 2023; and again, with a certificate and a letter outlining the details and dates of your service

If you or any of your colleagues are interested in serving as a judge, please email with the headline “Shanklin Judge” in the subject line, and the details of your desired level of contribution in the body (i.e., Research Excellence, poster, abstract etc.) by Wednesday, January 25, 2023. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached at You can also reach out to Amanda Grace Taylor, GSS president, at