Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

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
 
 
College of Human Sciences
 
First place: 
Joyce Nabisaalu
Degree: PhD Design, Housing and Merchandising
Advisor:  Dr. Mary Ruppert-Stroescu
Topic: Banana Fabric Development
 
Second place:
Babajide Ojo
Degree: PhD Nutritional Sciences
Advisor:  Dr. Edralin Lucas
Topic: The Prebiotic Effect of Dry Beans in Modulating the Crosstalk between the Gut Microbiome and Immune Cells at the Onset of Insulin Resistance in Mice Fed a High Fat Diet
 
Third place:
Amy Huffer
Degree: PhD Human Development and Family Science
Research advisor:  Dr. Amy Williamson
Topic: Infant mental health: The Importance of Relationships
 
People’s Choice Award:
Kaisean Lee
Degree: MS Hospitality Administration
Research advisor:  Dr. Li Miao
Topic: The Role of Chef’s Artistic Creativity in Culinary Innovation
 
Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
 
First Place:
Jennifer Rudd
Degree: PhD Physiological Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Telugu Narasaraju
Topic: Battling Superinfections: A Body at War
 
Second Place:
Matthew Green
Degree: PhD Veterinary Pathobiology
Advisor: Dr. Lara Maxwell
Topic: Finding Dangerous Meth Labs in the Community
 
Third Place:
Alia House
Degree: PhD/DVM Physiological Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Veronique Lacombe
Topic: Sugar: A Link Between Diabetes and Colon Cancer
 
People’s Choice:
Kalyani Ektate
Degree: PhD Physiological Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Ashish Ranjan
Topic: Cancer: Bad to the Core
 
College of Arts and Sciences
 
First Place:
Christina Sharkey
Degree: PhD Psychology
Advisor: Dr. Larry Mullins
Topic: The Role of Grit in Coping with Chronic Illness
 
Second Place:
Gayan Premaratne
Degree: PhD Chemistry
Advisor: Dr. Gopan Krishnan
Topic: Sensor for Early Lung Cancer Diagnosis
 
Third Place:
Will Wiggins
Degree: PhD Integrative Biology
Advisor: Dr. Shawn Wilder
Topic: Spiders use Flower Power
 
People’s Choice: There are three People’s Choice Winners for College of Arts and Sciences!!
 
Biraj Kayastha
Degree: PhD Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Advisor: Dr. Marianna Patrauchan
Topic: To Bind or Not to Bind is the Question
 
Will Wiggins
Degree: PhD Integrative Biology
Advisor: Dr. Shawn Wilder
Topic: Spiders Use Flower Power
 
Eunhye Kim
Degree: MS English
Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Link
Topic: Intercultural Communicative Competence Development through English Speaking  and Listening Courses
 
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
 
First Place:
Luci Wilson
Degree: MS NREM
Advisor: Dr. Gail Wilson
Topic: Healing the Tallgrass Prairie
 
Second Place:
Deepak Kumar
Degree: MS Food Science
Advisor: Dr. Danielle Bellmer
Topic: Microbes: An Alternative Source of Protein
 
Third Place:
Kelsy Robinson
Degree: PhD Animal Science
Advisor: Dr. Glenn Zhang
Topic: Gut Bacteria: The Key to Feeding the World
 
People’s Choice:
Kelsy Robinson
Degree: PhD Animal Science
Advisor Dr. Glenn Zhang
Topic: Gut Bacteria: The Key to Feeding the World
 
College of Education
 
First Place:
Jessica Tsotsoros
Degree: PhD Education Technology
Advisor: Dr. Penny Thompson
Topic: Multitasking: Students Escaping Out the ‘Backdoor’ During Lecture
 
Second Place:
Indrit Vucaj
Degree: PhD Workforce/Occupational Education Studies
Advisor: Dr. Qiuying Wang
Topic: A Case Study Exploring Components of the European Skill Formation System in Albanian Education Reforms
 
Third Place:
Milad Mohebali
Degree: MS Educational Leadership Studies
Advisor: Dr. Tami Moore
Topic: Transformation of Faculty Members in Engaged Research Partnerships
 
People’s Choice:
Milad Mohebali
Degree: MS Educational Leadership Studies
Advisor: Dr. Tami Moore
Topic: Transformation of Faculty Members in Engaged Research Partnerships
 

 

 
College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology
 
First Place:
Tanaji Paul
Degree: PhD Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Sandip P. Harimkar
Topic: Structural Amorphus Alloy – Fantasy or Future
 
Second Place:
Eranda Ekanayake
Degree: MS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Jerome Hausselle
Topic: Effect of Age on Balance During Walking
 
Third Place:
Boshra Karimi
Degree: PhD Civil and Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Phil Lewis
Topic: Forecasting Emissions to Have Healthier Workers
 
People’s Choice:
Ghazal Sokhansefat
Degree: PhD Civil and Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Tyler Ley
Topic: Using Biomass to Produce Green Energy
 
Center for Health Sciences
 
First Place:
JesiNelisiwe Whitley
Degree: MS Biomedical Sciences
Advisor: Dr. David Wallace
Topic: Fighting Breast Cancer with Functional Foods
 
Second Place:
Stephanie McGlothlin
Degree: PhD Biomedical Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Tom Curtis
Topic: A Change of Heart: Why Prairie Voles Fall in Love
 
Third Place:
Meagan Sloan
Degree: MS Forensic Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Jarrad Wagner
Topic: The New Heart Healer on the Block
 
People’s Choice:
JesiNelisiwe Whitley
Degree: MS Biomedical Sciences
Advisor: Dr. David Wallace
Topic: Fighting Breast Cancer with Functional Foods
 
Spears School of Business
 
First Place:
Durba Chakrabarty
Degree: PhD Economics and Legal Studies
Advisor: Dr. Dan Rickman
Topic: Are Indian Cities really the Engines of Growth? Spread and Backwash Effects
 
Second Place:
Yasamin Vahdati
Degree: PhD Marketing
Advisor: Dr. Kevin Voss
Topic: How Does Allying with a Controversial Cause Impact Customer’s Evaluations?
 
Third Place:
Nan (Peter) Liang
Degree: PhD MSIS
Advisor: Dr. Matt Rutherford
Topic: Predicting Divorce in SME’s Family Firms
 
People’s Choice:
Nan (Peter) Liang
Degree: PhD MSIS
Advisor: Dr. Matt Rutherford
Topic: Predicting Divorce in SME’s Family Firms

 

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 with our winners competing against 3MT® winners from other universities in the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) regional 3MT® competition.
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 Thursday, March 9th 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 OSU Finals winner will represent OSU at regional 3MT® competitions. In addition, the top four place winners and the People’s Choice winner will compete in the second 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
 
College Awards
 
Graduate programs with the highest percentage of their students participating in the 3MT® will be awarded Participation Awards of $200 in graduate studies-related travel money per participating student (up to a maximum of $2,000/program). Awards will be made for one program in the categories of small (<15 enrolled students), medium (15-50 enrolled students) and large (>50 enrolled students) sized programs. Encourage students in your program to participate and earn travel funds.
 

 

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 Thursday, March 9th 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 Three Minutes by Simon Clews, University of Melbourne (PDF document)

A new training time and day have been added. January 31, 2017 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM in 275 AGHALL.

The Graduate College will present a 3MT training session on Wednesday January 18, 2017 and Thursday January 26, 2017. The training location will be Class Room Buildling (CLB) Room - 214 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 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

 
 
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources 
6:00 PM Wednesday February 22nd
101 Ag Hall
 
College of Arts and Sciences
2:30 PM Wednesday February 22nd    
Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library
 
College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology
3:00 PM Wednesday February 22nd     
102 ATRC
 
College of Human Sciences
2:30 PM Wednesday February 22nd    
Jorns Hall, Human Sciences
 
Center for Health Sciences
12:00 PM Thursday February 23rd       
D207 OSU-CHS
 
College of Education 
3:30 PM Thursday February 23rd
Willard Hall Living Room
 
Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
6:00 PM Thursday February 23rd         
101 McElroy Hall
 
Spears School of Business
10:00 AM Thursday February 23rd
435 SSB
3MT® registration opens Monday November 21st and closes Monday January 23rd.
  
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
 
Register Today!
Instructions for Registration
Registration deadline - January 23, 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.
 
Registration for the 3MT is now closed