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Thinking Beyond the Classroom

Throughout the academic year, the Graduate School sponsors special events that occur throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Graduate Research Forum

Plan to attend the 16th Annual Graduate Research Forum on Friday, Nov. 1 2024.  The Graduate Research Forum (GRF) provides an opportunity for Miami graduate students from all departments to share their scholarly work with the university community.

Students will participate in in-person and online synchronous poster presentations, oral presentations, and art presentations. Presentations will be evaluated by alumni and faculty judges. Top presenters will receive awards.

Graduate Student Development Series

The Graduate Student Development Series offers graduate students the opportunity to learn strategies for personal and professional growth facilitated by Miami University faculty and/or staff. Sessions will be in-person, online, and hybrid.

Students who attend six or more sessions will receive a Commitment to Professional Development Recognition, and a Leadership Development Recognition for attending all three leadership sessions.

Dr. Gerald H. Sanders Three Minute Thesis Competition - 3MT®

An 80,000-Word Thesis Would Take 9 Hours to Present.
Your Time Limit...3 Minutes!

The 3MT® hosted by the Graduate School every spring semester. Monetary prizes are awarded to the 1st Place ($1,200), 2nd Place ($950), and 3rd Place ($600) presentations selected by a panel of judges. An additional award of the People's Choice ($500) selected by the audience is also awarded. 

The 3MT® is sponsored in loving memory of Dr. Gerald Sanders, Chair of the Department of Communications, Miami University, 1981-1992Donors include Dr. Guorong Jiang and Hongyan Tang. 

In 2024 the 3MT® Final Round was held on Feb. 26, at 4 p.m. in the Heritage Room at The Shriver Center.  

Interested in learning more about the 3MT®? Email the Graduate School at

Previous 3MT® Competition Winners


First Place - Natalie Tyree Garvin, SpeechLanguage Pathology
Second Place - Rachel Arbor, Biology - Project Dragonfly
Third Place - Wylie Brace, Psychology
People's Choice - Nanci Reyes-Guzman, Geology and Environmental Earth Science


First Place and People's Choice Award - Shiwanka Wanasinghe, Chemistry
Second Place - Selena Mungur, Political Science and Government
Third Place - Phil O'Dell, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
People's Choice - Maddy McKinney, Chemical and Biological Engineering


First Place - Caroline Reges, Biology
Second Place - Obed Dodo, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Third Place - Charles Xie, Chemistry and Biochemistry
People's Choice - Anindita Laz Banti, Architecture and Interior Design


First Place - Sarah Adut, Psychology
Second Place - Sarah Bass, Mechanical Engineering
Third Place - Muriel Truax, Political Science
People's Choice - Nethmi De Alwis, Chemistry and Biochemistry


RedHawk Talks

RedHawk Talks is a unique opportunity for graduate students to develop a concise and compelling TED-like talk about their research, passions, or ideas. A group of graduate students are selected to engage in a five-part workshop to build, refine, and practice their talk. Students have the opportunity to present their talk at an event open to all Miami and Oxford community members.

Twelve graduate students will present their talk on April 10, 2024, 1-3:00 p.m., at the Shriver Center John Dolibois Room C. Please come out to support them during their presentations.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is committed to advocating and supporting graduate programs dedicated to the pursuit of new knowledge and best teaching practices that promote diverse, globally aware graduate students and faculty.

Graduate Admission

Nellie Craig Walker Hall
301 S. Campus Avenue
Oxford, OH 45056