Jamil Pugh Wins First Place at Mason’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition


The Rehabilitation Science PhD candidate is grateful for the opportunity to learn to present his research concisely and to an audience outside his field. 

Jamil Pugh

Jamil Pugh, a PhD in Rehabilitation Science candidate, earned first place at the 2022 Mason 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition with his thesis “The Effect of Overground Locomotor Training on Walking Turns Among Individuals with Parkinson's Disease.”  

“I am honored and extremely grateful,” said Pugh of winning. “I learned how to present scientific knowledge tailored to an audience outside of my field, a skill that will benefit me as I enter my professional career.” 

3MT® is a research communication competition where PhD students present their doctoral research to a non-specialist audience using only one single visual aid—all in three minutes. This exercise encourages graduate students to think about their research from an outsider’s perspective, hones their presentation skills, and provides a forum for a cross-disciplinary exchange of exciting ideas and information. 

Pugh 3MT Slide
The one image Pugh used during his 3 Minute Thesis presentation.

Pugh called condensing his dissertation into only three minutes “the greatest challenge” and is grateful for the advice from his mentor Andrew Guccione, professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science. 

Mason's 3MT competition is hosted by the Office of the Provost. The top 10 finalists competed in the final 3MT round at the Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference on Friday, April 8, 2022. DNP students, MFA students, and PhD students who have advanced to candidacy are eligible to participate in Mason’s 3MT competition. 

3MT was founded by the University of Queensland in Australia.