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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.
Time and Date of Oral Presentations of the Finalists: 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday November 6, 2018 at the Student Union Little Theater located on the Stillwater campus. Presentations are open to the public. Please invite your friends and program faculty to attend and support you and your college.
Finalists will be showcased on OSTATE.TV. Click here to register for the event.


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
  • 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

First place 
Deepak Kumar
Degree: MS Food Science
Advisor: Dr. Danielle Bellmer
Topic: Microbes: An Alternative Source of Protein
Second place
Jennifer Rudd
Degree: PhD Veterinary Biomedical Sciences
Advisor:  Dr. Telugu Narasaraju
Topic: Battling Superinfections: A Body at War
Third place
Joyce Nabisaalu
Degree: PhD DHM
Research advisor:  Dr. Mary Rupper-Stroescu
Topic: Banana Fabric Development
People’s Choice Award
Christina Sharkey
Degree: PhD Psychology
Research advisor:  Dr. Larry Mullins
Topic: The Role of Grit in Coping with Chronic Illness


Click on your specific college to register for the event. 

College of Arts and Sciences

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 01, 2018

Event Time:   3:00 - 5:00 PM

Event Date:   Monday, October 22, 2018 (prelims 9th and 11th)

Event Place:  Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room – Edmon Low Library

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources 

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 08, 2018

Event Time:  3:00-5:00 PM  

Event Date:   October 17th, 2018 (prelims 15 and 16th)

Event Place:  201 FAPC

College of Education, Health and Aviation

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 12, 2018

Event Time:   3:00 PM

Event Date:   Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Event Place:  Anderson Family Room, Willard Hall

College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology

Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 04, 2018

Event Time:  1:00 PM 

Event Date:   Monday, October 15, 2018 

Event Place: 102 ATRC

Center for Health Sciences

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 08, 2018

Event Time:   12:00 PM

Event Date:   Friday, October 19, 2018       

Event Place:  171 Tandy Building

College of Human Sciences

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 08, 2018

Event Time:   2:30 – 4:00 PM 

Event Date:   Monday, October 22, 2018 

Event Place: Jorns Hall, Human Sciences

Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 12, 2018

Event Time:   3:00 PM 

Event Date:   Thursday, October 25, 2018

Event Place: 259 McElroy Hall

Spears School of Business

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 01, 2018

Event Time:   3:30-4:30 PM  

Event Date:    Wednesday October 12, 2018

Event Place:  201 Business Building


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