Three Minute Thesis

The 4th Annual East Foundation Three Minute Thesis competition will take place the summer of 2020 (exact date to be announced) in Kingsville, Texas at the Tio and Janell Kleberg Wildlife Research Park.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition. 3MT challenges graduate students to make an impactful three-minute presentation on their research topic and its significance. Students who participate develop academic, presentation and research communication skills, and the ability to explain their research to a non-academic audience.

The competition is open to all graduate students working on East Foundation’s lands. All 3MT presentations will be professionally recorded.

For general information concerning the competition, please contact Tyler Campbell at


Competition Categories, Awards, and Prizes

There are two categories of competition – general research and proposed research and three awards given. Participants are encouraged to compete in both categories and are eligible to win all three awards.

General Research Category

Directors’ Award – $3000

The presentation that best meets the judging criteria and captures the essence of our mission at the East Foundation will win the Directors’ Award. Our Board of Directors are senior-level leaders that hold a deep understanding of cattle ranching, land management, wildlife conservation, business, and management.

People’s Choice Award – $2,000

The People’s Choice Award is judged by the audience in the room—peers, colleagues, university faculty, the East Foundation Professional Advisors Group, East Foundation staff, and other invited guests from across south Texas.

Proposed Research Category
– The best research often generates more questions than answers. This category will focus on proposals building on research or lessons learned while working on East Foundation ranches.

Best Research Proposal Award – $1,000

The Best Research Proposal Award is judged by the East Foundation Professional Advisors Group. Our Professional Advisors are experts in wildlife management, rangeland ecology, ranch management, livestock management, and veterinary science.


East Foundation reserves the right to make no awards if presentations do not meet minimum judging criteria.