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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 Wednesday November 15, 2017 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

 

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
 
 

 

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?
 

Making the Most of Your 3 Minutes by Dr. Ken Clinkenbeard, Associate Dean, Graduate College, Oklahoma State University (PDF )

Training opportunities will be provided for students to learn how to prepare and present their 3MP as well as how to develop a PowerPoint slide for their presentation.

Training Dates, Times, and Locations:

September 12 – 05:15 PM to 06:00 PM – 301 CLB
September 13 – 05:15 PM to 06:00 PM – 301 CLB
September 27 – 12:15 PM to 01:00 PM – 230 HSCI
September 28 – 02:00 PM to 02:45 PM – 101 MSCS

•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

 
 
 
College of Arts and Sciences
Time:   2:00 - 5:00 PM
Date:   Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Place:  Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room – Library
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources 
Time:   6:00 PM
Date:   Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Place:  FAPC 201
College of Education
Time:   3:00 PM
Date:   Thursday, October 5, 2017
Place:  Anderson Family Living Room Willard Hall
College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology
Time:  1:30 - 3:00 PM 
Date:   Wednesday, October 11, 2017 
Place: 102 ATRC
Center for Health Sciences
Time:   12:00 PM
Date:   Friday, October 27, 2017       
Place:  Tandy Lecture Hall Room# 171
College of Human Sciences
Time:   3:00 - 4:30 PM 
Date:   Wednesday, October 25, 2017 
Place: Jorns Hall, Human Sciences
Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
Time:   6:00 PM 
Date:   Thursday, October 5, 2017 Place: 101 McElroy Hall
Spears School of Business
Time:   1:30 - 2:30 PM
Date:   Thursday October 26, 2017    
Place:  435 Business Building

 

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

 

3MT® registration opens Monday August 7, 2017 and closes Monday October 2, 2017.
  
Eligibility: Currently enrolled OSU thesis masters and doctoral students can participate at any stage of their progression towards earning their degree prior to graduation. The subject of your 3MT® presentation must be on your thesis/dissertation research. Participants from the 2016 OSU 3MT® Competition with the exception of the finals first place winner are eligible to compete in the 2017 competition.
Reminder: Please consult your academic advisor prior to submitting your work for this competition!
 
Space in the preliminary competitions may be limited, so please register early to have the best chance to participate. 
Questions? Email us at grad-i@okstate.edu
 
Training:
September 12 – 05:15 PM to 06:00 PM – 301 CLB
September 13 – 05:15 PM to 06:00 PM – 301 CLB
September 27 – 12:15 PM to 01:00 PM – 230 HSCI
September 28 – 02:00 PM to 02:45 PM – 101 MSCS
 
Register Today!
Registration deadline - October 2, 2017.
When the form is completed, press the "Submit" button. If there are any errors, you will be prompted to return and fill in or correct the information.
After submitting the form, a page titled "Registration Successful" will appear.
Space in the preliminary competitions may be limited, in which case, the earliest registrants will be selected for the competitions.
You will be contacted soon after registration closes to inform you about your unit or initial college-level preliminary 3MT® competitions. The preliminary competitions may involve submission of a video of your 3MT®, but the final college-level and OSU-level 3MT® competitions will be live presentations.
 
Please Register Here!