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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
Register to hold your spot for one of the three optional times below. This training is highly recommend for those who are considering participating in 3MT!
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 4:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM
- 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 ® is available here.
Registration closes October 11th at 12 PM.
Please note, for Education, Health and Aviation AND Human Sciences graduate students, the registration deadline is October 4.
Each college hosts a preliminary competition. Some hold a pre-preliminary. After registrations
close, you will be contacted by your college with additional details.
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources: October 22, 23 and 24, 2:00-5:00 PM each day, 201 FAPC
College of Arts and Sciences: pre-preliminaries October 14 and 15 (times vary). Prelims are October 30, 3:00 PM Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library
College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology: October 23, 1:00 PM, 103 ATRC
College of Education, Health, and Aviation + College of Human Sciences: October 21, 2:30 PM, Jorns Hall, Human Sciences
Center for Health Sciences: November 1, 12:30 PM, Tandy Lecture Hall 171
College of Veterinary Medicine: November 1, 3:00 PM, 259 McElroy Hall
Spears School of Business: October 29, 2:00 PM 310 Spears
Top competitors from each college advance to the University Finals.
University Finals are November 19, 3:30 PM Little Theater, Student Union