Three Minute Thesis®


The 3MT® first held at The University of Queensland in 2008 is a research communication skills development activity to help prepare students to present their research and its relevance to a non-specialist but 
educated audience in a cogent but concise manner. Students have only 3 minutes and one static slide to convey to their audience what they do and its importance in a manner that makes their hearers want to 
know more! Since its inception, enthusiasm for the 3MT® concept has grown with the 3MT® adoption by numerous universities. OSU first held a 3MT® competition in 2013 with our winner Ali Asmari going to the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools regional 3MT® competition to compete against winners from 19 other universities. Ali was selected as a finalist and was awarded second place.

Three Minute Thesis

In 2014, OSU held its second annual 3MT® competition sponsored by Halliburton with 98 students competing in college-level 3MTs
 sending 11 finalist to the university 3MT®. The winners, their departments, and the title of their presentations were:

First Place ($1,000)Amanda Curtis, animal science, MS candidate, "Using innate immunity to Fight Off Infections Without the use of Antibiotics"

Second Place ($750)Brittany Bolt, biomedical sciences, PhD candidate, "The Battle Against Chronic Pain"

Third Place ($500) – Christian Tormos, chemical engineering, PhD candidate, "Regenerating Your Heart"

People’s Choice award ($250)Courtney Cowley, agriculture economics, PhD candidate, "Green Milk and Ham: The Economics of Converting a Waste' into a Resource"

Read about the 2014 Competition in OSU News

The 2015 OSU 3MT® promises to be even better than last year’s competition with students competing in the college-level 3MT® competitions in March followed by the Halliburton OSU 3MT® Finals on Thursday April 16th at 3:30PM in the Student Union Little Theater on the Stillwater campus.
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition that challenges research degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis/dissertation topic and its significance in just three minutes using just one slide.  3MT® develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to explain their research effectively in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
The 2015 OSU 3MT® promises to be even better than last year’s competition with students competing in the college-level 3MT® competitions in March followed by the Halliburton OSU 3MT® Finals on Thursday April 16th at 3:30PM in the Student Union Little Theater on the Stillwater campus.

Students will compete at their unit or college-level first. Cash prizes are awarded at the college-level:

College-level competitions:
  •         1st - $200
  •         2nd - $150
  •         3rd - $100
  •         People's Choice Award - $200
First place winners (and second place winners from the two colleges with the most college-level 3MT® competitors) will advance to compete in the OSU 3MT® Finals. Cash prizes are awarded at the OSU Finals:

OSU Finals Competition

  •         1st - $1,000
  •         2nd - $750
  •         3rd - $500
  •         People's Choice Award - $1,000

The OSU Finals winner will represent OSU at regional 3MT® competitions.

Registration page

3MT® registration opens Monday January 12th and closes Monday, February 2 at 11:59 a.m.

Eligibility: Currently enrolled OSU thesis masters and doctoral students can participate at any stage of their progression towards earning their degree prior to graduation. The subject of your 3MT® presentation must be on your thesis/dissertation research. Participants from the 2014 OSU 3MT Competition with the exception of the first place winner are eligible to compete in the 2015 competition.

Reminder: Please consult your academic advisor prior to submitting your work for this competition!

Space in the preliminary competitions may be limited, so please register early to have the best chance to participate. 

Questions? Email us at

Register Today!


Initial 3MT® competitions will be held at the unit and/or college-level. At the unit level, your 3MT® presentation may be either an uploaded prerecorded video or an in-person presentation depending on the requirements of your unit or college. Competitors from the unit level will be selected by a single three or more person, non-faculty judging panel. These competitors will move to the college-level competition using an in-person presentation format and similar judging panel composition. Finalists from the college-level competitions will win the opportunity to compete in the 2015 OSU 3MT® Finals at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 in the Little Union Theater located in the OSU-Stillwater Student Union.

Judging Criteria

Each of the three judging criteria has equal weight. Note what each criterion has in common: an emphasis on the audience.

  •   Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language   appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  •   Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  •   Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more?

2015 OSU 3MT® College Competitions

College of Education
2:30 PM Wednesday March 11th                217 Life Science East
College of Arts and Sciences
7:00 PM Wednesday March 11th                 Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library
Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
7:00 PM Thursday March 12th                      McElroy Auditorium
College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology
2:00 PM Monday March 23rd            102 ATRC
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
6:00 PM Wednesday March 25th                 101 Ag Hall
Center for Health Sciences
12 noon Friday March 27th                    D-107
Graduate College Finals                
3:30 PM Thursday April 16th                        Little Theater, Student Union

Three Minute Thesis


 Your Three Minute Thesis(3MT®) Presentation for Presenting on What You Do as a Graduate Student and How it matters  by Brad Rickelman, Meridian Technology Center for Business Development (video presentation)


Making the Most of Your Three Minutes by Simon Clews, University of Melbourne (PDF document)

Time and Date of Oral Presentations of the Finalists: 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at the Little Union Theater located in the OSU-Stillwater Student Union. Presentations are open to the public. Please invite your friends and program faculty to observe.

Finalists will be showcased on OSTATE.TV

Registration deadline - February 2, 2015 at 11:59 a.m.

When the form is completed, press the "Submit" button. If there are any errors, you will be prompted to return and fill in or correct the information.

After submitting the form, a page titled "Registration Successful" will appear and you will receive an e-mail confirmation. If you do not receive the e-mail confirmation within 24 hours, please contact email to let us know that you did not receive a confirmation.

Space in the preliminary competitions may be limited, in which case, the earliest registrants will be selected for the competitions.

You will be contacted by February 20, 2015 to inform you about your department or initial college-level preliminary 3MT competitions. The preliminary competitions may involve submission of a video of your 3MT, but the final college-level and OSU-level 3MT competitions will be live presentations.

To register, please click here