Mark S. Wrighton Research Award on Aging 3MT Competition

March 03, 2021
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Watch doctoral candidates battle it out in a Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition for the newly-created Mark S. Wrighton Award on Aging. The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges PhD students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience.

A panel of three researchers from multiple disciplines, will select the winner of the “judge’s choice” award. An additional “people’s choice” winner will be voted on by the audience. The judge’s choice winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and the people’s choice winner will receive a $500 cash award.

This event will be held virtually via Zoom. It is free and open to all. Please register to receive your unique link to attend.



This new award will be given by the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging to recognize doctoral students who show outstanding promise as researchers on topics relevant to older adults and aging society. Students in doctoral level degree programs in any discipline at Washington University with research focused on aging are encouraged to apply. Students must submit a registration in order to be selected to compete.

Judge’s choice and people’s choice winners will be recognized at the annual Friedman Lecture and Awards on April 14, 2021. Learn more.


This competition is open to WashU students in doctoral-level degree programs in any discipline with research focused on aging.

The application to compete will close on January 31, 2021. Selected competitors will be notified by February 15, 2021 and must confirm their intent to compete by February 18. Please note that application submission does not guarantee acceptance.

Rules and preparation tips are available on the 3MT website.

Apply to compete


This award and competition is supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Fund.

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

Event Sponsors: Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health & The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital