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Three Minute Challenge (3MC)


Three Minute Challenge (3MC)

Who can participate? Any currently enrolled graduate student can enter, individuals or teams (maximum of 5 currently enrolled graduate students).

What do you do?  Create a 3 minute video on a topic related to your graduate studies which helps a public audience appreciate the work you are doing and how it matters to society. Unlike other three minute competitions, there are few “rules” other than the video can only be three minutes long, it has to relate to the student’s or team’s discipline or graduate experience, and the video has to be original to the presenter or their team.

How can you create your video?  So, you are not a professional videographer or haven’t done something like this before?  Your video can be as high tech or low tech as you want to go.  Videos can be created simply using a smartphone, or in a more professional manner.  The Edmon Low Library has equipment students can check out (cameras, tripods, and microphones), as well as facilities (need a green screen to bring your vision to life?) and software is available for editing and producing your 3MC video. For more information go to:

Deadline for submitting your video: At this time the 3MC has been postponed.

Submission logistics:  We will begin accepting submissions March 1, 2020. Submit your video through Canvas by clicking the link below. Upload your video (mp4 format recommended). In the comment box, include the name and campus id number of all team members. If you utilize the Canvas Studio option, remember to select “display download link” so that we will be able to share your video with the judges.

For any questions, please email

Submission Link

Other Information

Judging and Prizes:  A panel of judges will select the top videos from each of the six categories:  biological sciences, arts and humanities, physical sciences, social sciences, education, and biomedical sciences.  These videos will be screened on April 15th as part of Grad Ed Month at which time the winners will be announced. (Copyright for the finalist videos must be assigned to the OSU Graduate College as a condition for finalist selection). For teams, the award amounts will be divided equally among the team members.

Prize info:

1st place: $1,000 individual or $750 per team member

2nd place: $750 individual or $500 per team member

3rd place: $500 individual or $250 per team member

People’s Choice: $750 either individual or per team member

We welcome individual and team entries, teams of up to 5 graduate students

Past Winning Videos