Nursing students awarded first and third places in Three Minute Thesis competition

Grant Ely, a PhD student in the WSU College of Nursing, won first place in the 2021 Three Minute Thesis competition.

College of Nursing students were awarded first and third place in Washington State University’s Three Minute Thesis competition on Wednesday evening.

Grant Ely, a PhD student, took first place for his presentation on the importance of developing a national nursing curriculum to improve skills and emotional readiness for work, thus decreasing stress and burnout.

Robert Spence, a DNP student, represented WSU Vancouver, and presented his work developing a toolkit for Micronesian Islander families to increase access to early-childhood learning opportunities. He is the first Doctor of Nursing Practice student to participate in the Three Minute Thesis competition.

portrait of Rob Spence
Robert Spence, a DNP student at WSU Vancouver, won third place in the 2021 Three Minute Thesis competition.

Three Minute Thesis is a global research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland. Doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration of their thesis and its significance to a non-specialist audience.

Both nursing participants were complimented by Dr. Davi Kallman, access advisor at WSU and an event analyst, for the clarity and pace of their presentations.

Said Spence after the event, “I am… proud that two of the top three spots were taken by Nursing students. Go CougNursing!”

You can watch the full Three Minute Thesis competition at