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Oklahoma State University

Judging

Initial 3MT® competitions will be held at the unit and/or college-level. At the unit or college-level, preliminary screening of 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 selected at the preliminary screening level 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 2017 OSU 3MT® Finals at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday November 15, 2017 in the Student Union Little Theater located on the Stillwater campus.
 
Judging Criteria
Presentations will be judged on two general areas: Comprehension and Content (what is presented) and Engagement and Communication (how the presentation is made).
 
Comprehension & Content
Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
 
Engagement & Communication
Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?