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Presenting with poise

Posted 1 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2023

The 3 Minute Grad Project event, hosted by UW-La Crosse Graduate & Extended Learning, is set for Wednesday, March 22.

3 Minute Grad Project event set for Wednesday, March 22

UW-La Crosse graduate students will squeeze months of work into just 180 seconds during the 3 Minute Grad Project event hosted by UWL Graduate & Extended Learning.

The event is set for Wednesday, March 22, and will feature graduate students from microbiology, school psychology, physical therapy, student affairs administration and more.

The idea, says Meredith Thomsen, dean of Graduate & Extended Learning, is to push students to look beyond the granular details of their project and see the bigger picture.

“We often hear from contestants that 3 Minute Grad Project really helps with the process of completing a project,” Thomsen explains. “After spending so long immersed in the details, you can lose the spark that brought you to a topic in the first place. Figuring out how sell a project idea to a live audience helps students reconnect to that underlying passion."

Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend the competition and to participate by voting for the People’s Choice Award.

A separate panel will evaluate the presentations for content, engagement and communication, and ultimately determine the top three. The winner will receive $500; the runner-up will receive $300; and the second runner-up will receive $200. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive $300.

How to watch/donate

The 3 Minute Grad Project event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, at 6 p.m. in 1400 Centennial Hall.

To support the 3 Minute Grad Project award fund:

  • Visit the UWL Foundation website
  • Select “Graduate & Extended Learning” in the “Make an Investment” menu
  • Select “Three Minute Grad Project” in the “Choose a Designation” menu


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