Skip Navigation
Oklahoma State University

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


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 - 3:20 PM 
Date:   Wednesday, November 8, 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:   2:30 - 3:30 PM 
Date:   Wednesday, October 25, 2017 
Place: Jorns Hall, Human Sciences
Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
Time:   4:00 PM 
Date:   Thursday, October 5, 2017 Place: 259 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


Registration Closed!!
Questions? Email us at