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Three Minute Presentation

Three Minute Presentation (3MP) Competition for Non-thesis Master’s, Specialist and Graduate Certificate Students

The importance of graduate degree holders being able to explain what they do and its relevance to society in an engaging and concise manner has been identified by business leader as a crucial skill they seek in prospective employees. The Three Minutes Thesis (3MT®)  has been used with great success to train OSU research master’s and doctoral students in this skill, and for the first time last year, non-thesis master’s, specialist and graduate certificate students developed the same communication skills in the Three Minute Presentation (3MP) competition.

What is a 3MP Talk?

The topic of the presentation must be directly related to the graduate degree discipline program being sought (e.g., a non-thesis English MA student can speak on English grammar or another topic relevant to English, but not on the history of English monarchy or some topic that more appropriately the area of another academic discipline). The topic can be about the discipline in general; a particular course or courses required for the discipline; discipline understanding or concept; or a study or project that the student is (has) participated in. It is not a “who am I” talk.

Cash prizes will be awarded at the preliminary rounds and OSU Finals.

Making the Most of Your 3 Minutes by Dr. Ken Clinkenbeard, Associate Dean, Graduate College, Oklahoma State University (PDF )

Training opportunities will be provided for students to learn how to prepare and present their 3MP as well as how to develop a PowerPoint slide for their presentation.

Training dates 

September 12 – 05:15 PM to 06:00 PM – 301 CLB
September 13 – 05:15 PM to 06:00 PM – 301 CLB
September 27 – 12:15 PM to 01:00 PM – 230 HSCI
September 28 – 02:00 PM to 02:45 PM – 101 MSCS

Currently enrolled non-thesis master’s or graduate certificate seeking students

•Talk directly relates to your graduate studies

•Spoken word only

•No reading from notes

•Single static slide

•No electronic media, props, pointers

•Commence from podium, disqualified if > 3 min

• Judges rule

Judges will be selected from the community and university staff, but may not hold a faculty appointment. Judging criteria are:

Comprehension & Content

Did the presentation help you understand the topic:
     Question or issue & its significance?

     Key issues, conclusions & outcomes?

Did the presentation:  

     Have a clear, logical sequence?
     Communicate to a non-specialist?
     Avoid jargon?
     Adequately illustrate points?

     Have adequate time for each element of the presentation?

Engagement & Communication

Did the presenter:

     Make you want to know more?
     Have a Powerpoint that was clear, legible & concise?
     Not trivialize or generalize their topic?
     Make the topic exciting?
     Maintain your attention?
     Maintain appropriate pace?
     Connect with you via stage presence, vocal range, & confident stance?

 
Preliminary Rounds

Registrants will be assigned to one of the preliminary sessions that they listed in their registration and given a time slot for their presentation. Preliminary rounds will be held during the week of October 16th. Judging panels composed of OSU non-faculty staff and community members will select winners and cash prizes will be awarded for each of the preliminary rounds:

1st Place $300
2nd Place $150
3rd Place $100

Winners from the preliminary rounds will be selected to advance to the university finals by their relative placement in their preliminary round prorated to account for the total number of participants for all preliminary rounds.
 

University Finals

Ten contestants selected from the preliminary rounds will compete in the finals.

Winning presentations will be featured on the Graduate College website and cash prizes will be awarded:

1st Place $1,000
2nd Place $750
3rd Place $500
Peoples’ Choice $1,000

 

President’s Fellows Three Minute Challenge

The President’s Fellows Three Minute Challenge (3MC) puts the top four place winners of the 3MP against the top four place winners of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition with $6,500 in available prize money.

First place 
 
Mackenzie Landis
Degree: MS Communication Sciences and Disorders
Topic: Speech-Language Pathologists: Building Communication
Second place
 
Ankita Khurana
Degree: MS Business Analytics
Topic: Why UPS Driver's Don't Turn Left
Third place
 
Shikha Prasad
Degree: MS Business Analytics
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
People’s Choice Award
 
Mackenzie Landis
Degree: MS Communication Sciences and Disorders
Topic: Speech-Language Pathologists: Building Communication

 

Registration is closed!

Training

Training opportunities will be provided for students to learn how to prepare and present their 3MP as well as how to develop a PowerPoint slide for their presentation.

Preliminary Competition Dates – Helmerich Browsing Room

October 16 – Monday – 2:30 to 3:30

October 17 – Tuesday – 9:30 to 10:30

October 18 – Wednesday – 10:30 to 11:30

October 19 – Thursday – 1:30 to 2:30

 

Final – November 2, 2017 at 3:30 in the Student Union Little Theater