The American Academy of Health Behavior

3 Minute Thesis Competition

The American Academy of Health Behavior invites graduate students and newly graduated post-doctoral professionals within 2-years of their post doctoral degree and not yet in a tenure-track position to participate in the annual 3-minute Thesis Competition during the virtual AAHB Scientific Meeting in March, 2021.  The 3-minute Thesis is an academic competition that challenges presenters to deliver compelling pre-recorded oration on their research agenda, highlighting the significance and impact of their research in no more than 180 seconds using a single slide.

The virtual competition will be held on Friday, March 12, 2021.

There will be a Judges’ Winner and Runner-up and a People’s Choice Winner!

Competition Rules:

  • Participants are responsible for submitting a pre-recorded 3-minute thesis video submitted by February 15, 2021.  The pre-recorded 3-minute video will be shown live on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm EST.  Judging will be live. Participants will not be judged on video quality.
  • Your abstract must be accepted for poster presentation at the AAHB 2021 Virtual Scientific Meeting.
  • Applicants will be notified of submission status by Feb. 1, 2021.
  • The research must be the student's or postdoc's original research (i.e., student thesis or dissertation project), or may originate from a student-led research question that stems from a faculty or mentor research project. Research that is the outcome of a faculty or mentor project without significant contribution to the study design, data collection, data analysis, and synthesis is not eligible for this competition.
  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any kind are allowed. The slide will be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted within the PowerPoint slide.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps or songs).

Presentations are limited to 3 minutes.  Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts his or her presentation through either movement or speech.

Competitors will be notified of the status of their submission by January 31, 2021.  If entered into the competition, it is expected that you will register for the virtual conference and provide a 3-minute pre-recorded video.

Click HERE to Register for the 3-Minute Thesis Competition!


2019 3-Minute Thesis Winners
  • Three Minute Thesis Winner:  Layton Reesor, The University of Houston
  • Three Minute Thesis People’s Choice (same person as above):  Layton Reesor, The University of Houston
  • Three Minute Thesis Runner-Up:  Tzung-Shiang Ou, Indiana University
  • Three Minute Thesis Second Runner-Up:  Matthew Kearney, Drexel University

2018 3-Minute Thesis Winners

1st Place Award & People's Choice Award: Vinu IIakkuvan, George Washington University

2nd Place Award: Taylor Lensch, University of Nevada, Reno

2017 3-Minute Thesis Winners

1st Place: Brittany Hollerbach, Kansas State University

People's Choice: Xuewei Chen, Texas A&M University

Sample Slide Images Below:



Submit your Accepted Abstract for the 3-Minute Thesis Competition! 

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