2017 Fellowship & Grant Winners

Three Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis (http://threeminutethesis.org/) is a competition with cash prizes that is designed to sharpen your ability to communicate your research work in an interview for employment.  The upcoming competition will be in February 2019.

  • What is the Three Minute Thesis?  It is an oral summary of your thesis or dissertation research aimed at an educated lay audience within a period of time not to exceed 3 minutes.  This is not as easy as it sounds, as students tend to want to say a lot about their research and tend to be technical.
  • The program is organized as a contest.  UMKC will hold the contest in February 2018.  There will be a meeting before February to prepare to organize such a presentation.  There will be a series of second meetings for you to practice your presentation with the Graduate School staff.  February 8th, we plan to have the actual presentations by students that will be reviewed by panels of judges.
  • Presentations from both Master’s students and Doctoral students will be held separate from each other. (Meaning that Master’s level students will compete against other Master’s level students, and the same for Doctoral level students.)
  • Prizes: $50 for the People’s Choice winner of multiple rooms in Round One, $300 for First Place winner of multiple rooms in Round One, $100 for the People’s Choice winner of the final round, Regional competition travel expenses paid for the Grand Prize winner of the final round.

To see Dr. Peggy Ward-Smith’s orientation video Click here

You can see examples of winning presentations from other universities at the following website: http://threeminutethesis.org/3mt-showcase

Below are the 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.

Title of Three Minute Thesis

-Brief and non-technical


  • Can the eyes of a plant help feed the world?
  • Why death matters
  • Gut bugs are Responsible for Digestion

How to apply?

You must fill out an online survey in the fall semester. We will update this page and send out an announcement when sign-up is available.


Libraries Award for research on Women’s and Gender Studies

The University Libraries now offers an annual award to graduate students doing research with a focus on Women’s and Gender Studies that makes use of the LaBudde Special Collections.  The endowment for this award was established as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant awarded to the Libraries in 2013 and matching funds from the Martha Jane Starr Field of Interest Committee.


One graduate student will be awarded up to $1000 for expenses for their research with a focus on Women’s and Gender Studies that will make use of the primary resource materials in the LaBudde Special Collections.  The guidelines and application form are found at http://library.umkc.edu/spec-col-collections/starr/library-research-award .  Application deadline is in November and the award will be announced in the spring.


UMKC WGS Faculty and Graduate Student Research Grants Guidelines


Women’s and Gender Studies offers research grants of up to $1,000 for WGS faculty and graduate student research initiatives with a Women’s and/or Gender Studies focus.

Types of projects funded

Awards are granted for various types of research activities and research needs, including:

  • travel costs to research sites
  • presentation of original research at symposia/conferences
  • research equipment & supplies
  • duplication of archival materials (microfilm, DVD, copying, etc.)*
  • compensation for research participants and research assistants
  • literature to support a new project (including books, journals, etc.)*

*an itemized list is required to request monies for these purposes


WGS Faculty Research Grants are open to those who are Associate Faculty or Affiliates of the WGS program. Graduate grants are open to all students, but preference will be given to WGS Graduate Affiliates. Applicants can resubmit an unsuccessful proposal one time only. Grant winners must wait two years from the end of their projects before applying for another WGS Research Grant.

Application Procedures

Applications should include the following:

  1. Application Form
  2. Project Abstract (no more than 250 words)
  3. Proposal & Budget (no more than 5 pages, double-spaced) should include:
    • a detailed explanation of the project
    • a statement of how this project fits into current and future research plans
    • a statement about the applicant’s contributions to the WGS program
    • a statement about the importance of the project for the enhancement of WGS at UMKC
    • a description of the anticipated outcome of the project (conference presentation, publication, etc.)
    • an itemized budget, detailing expenditures and a justification for those expenditures
    • Note that the System per diem is $42/day [$21/day for fewer than 12 hours] within the state of Missouri and based on CONUS rates outside of Missouri. Mileage should be calculated at the university rate of $.545 per mile. More information on System reimbursement policies can be found at: http://www.umsystem.edu/ums/rules/bpm/
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. For graduate students only: brief statement from a mentor that the project is viable and that the student is actively working on it (note that this does not need to be a full recommendation letter).

Application Deadline

Applications should be submitted to Dr. Brenda Bethman via email (bethmanb@umkc.edu) with a copy to Rita Hayes (hayesra@umkc.edu). Awards will be announced in late April.

Post Project

At the end of the project, the grantee is expected to do one or more of the following:

  • submit a one-page written report to the Director of WGS
  • provide a short oral report to the WGS faculty at the next regular meeting
  • give a formal presentation to WGS faculty/students.

WGS Research Grants Committee

The WGS Research Grants Committee will be comprised of three UMKC WGS faculty members who will review proposals and award the grants. The UMKC committee members will include either the Director of WGS or the Starr Professor and a previous WGS Research Grants winner. No critiques of proposals (successful or not) will be given by the Grants Committee.