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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)
Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
The 3MT® first held at The University of Queensland Australia in 2008 is a research communication activity to help students develop presentation skills for presenting their research to public audiences. The goal of the 3MT® is to train students to present an oration on their research and its relevance to a non-specialist but educated audience in a cogent, understandable and 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.
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 static 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.
Finalists will be showcased on OSTATE.TV.
Students will compete at their unit and/or college-level first. Cash prizes are awarded at the college-level.
College-level 3MT® Competitions:
- 1st - $300
- 2nd -$200
- 3rd - $100
- People's Choice Award - $300
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 3MT® Competition:
- 1st - $1,000
- 2nd - $750
- 3rd - $500
- People's Choice Award - $1,000
The top four place winners and the People’s Choice winner will compete in the annual President’s Fellows Three Minute Challenge (3MC) which will have thesis master’s and doctoral students compete against non-thesis master’s, education specialist and graduate certificate student winners of the Three Minute Presentation (3MP) competition.
OSU Presidential Fellows 3MC:
- Grand Prize — First Place $2,000
- Grand Prize — Second Place $1,500
- Grand Prize — Third Place $1,000
- Grand Prize — People’s Choice $2,000
To Be Determined
- Currently enrolled thesis master’s or doctoral graduate students
- Talk directly relates to your graduate research
- Spoken word only
- No reading from notes
- Single static slide
- No electronic media, props, pointers
- Commence from podium, disqualified if > 3 min
- Judges rule
Registration for the Fall 2019 3MT ® competition will open in August 2019.