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After a hiatus due to the pandemic, Point Park University's Graduate Programs Committee is proud to announce the return of the Graduate Students Conference on Saturday, March 11, 2023, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Graduate students across all programs may submit their work for this informational, fun, fast-paced event. 

Important Dates:

  • Abstract submissions due: Jan. 25, 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: Feb. 8, 2023
  • Final papers due: Feb. 22, 2023

Submit your conference application 

Presentation Format:

A traditional panel presentation format will be utilized by both master's level students and faculty participants. Doctoral level participants will have the option of presenting on a panel or competing in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®competition. Details are below.

New for this year: Presentations will utilize the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) format

Submissions will be vetted by the Graduate Programs Committee, and chosen finalists will then be invited to partake in the conference's Three Minute Thesis (3MT®competition. 

(3MT®Format Presentation Rules:

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or "movement" of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Pictured is the 3MT logo.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

Point Park's conference will include a keynote speech, workshop and poster sessions, faculty roundtables and networking opportunities related to a variety of fields in which Point Park offers graduate programs including:

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