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Ohio University Three Minute Thesis® Competition

2019 Three Minute Thesis® Competition

2018 3 Minute Thesis Winners

The 2018 winners - Cassandra Thompson, Sharif Wahab and Silvana Duran Ortiz

Overview

Founded by The University of Queensland in 2008.

Competitions are now held at over 200 universities and colleges across Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Europe, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Central and South America, and Middle East.

Competitors have 3 minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance.

Competitors must consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.


Eligibility

3 Minute Thesis Competition

Any doctoral candidate (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) enrolled at Ohio University that has been admitted to candidacy (e.g., passed comprehensive exams) and whose culminating project is a research-based dissertation.

  • Must be enrolled as a student during the semester in which the competition takes place
  • Cannot already have defended his or her dissertation

Any masters candidate enrolled at Ohio University that has completed significant work toward his or her culminating project

  • Must be enrolled as a student during the semester in which the competition takes place

All participants must be available to participate in one of the semi-final rounds (either Monday, February 11, 2019  OR Wednesday, February 13, 2019) AND the final round, Tuesday, February 19, 2019.


Rules

3 Minute Thesis Competition
  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animation, or ‘movement’ of any kind); the slide must be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media is permitted.
  • No additional props are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes; competitors exceeding this time limit will be disqualified.
  • Presentations are spoken word only.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria

Comprehension & Content

  • Did the presentation:

    • Provide an understanding of the background of the research question being addressed and its significance?
    • Clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
    • Follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Were the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the presenter:
    • Avoid scientific jargon?
    • Explain terminology?
    • Provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of the presentation, or did he or she elaborate for too long on one aspect, or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more? Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize the research?
  • Did the presenter:
    • Convey enthusiasm for the research?
    • Capture and maintain the audience’s attention?
    • 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?

Awards and Prizes

3 Minute Thesis Competition

Cash prizes* awarded to:

  • 1st place ($300)
  • 2nd place ($200)
  • 3rd place ($100)
  • People’s Choice ($100)

All participants will receive a t-shirt.


Format

3 Minute Thesis Competition

Semi-finals

  • Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7 P.M. AND
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7 P.M.

Finals

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 7 P.M.

Deadlines

3 Minute Thesis Competition

The winners and judges of the 3MT competition from left to right: Elizabeth P. Sayrs, Cassandra Thompson, Kelee Riesbeck, Sharif Wahab, Joseph C. Shields, Silvana Duran Ortiz and Steve Patterson.


Useful Resources

Videos of the 2018 Ohio University Three Minute Thesis® Competition winning presentations can be viewed on the Ohio University YouTube site. To view, click here.

Videos of the 2017 Ohio University Three Minute Thesis® Competition winning presentations can be viewed on the Ohio University YouTube site. To view, click here.

To help you prepare your slide, watch a short video prepared by Sean McGraw, the 2016 Ohio University Three Minute Thesis® Competition winner. To view, click here.


2018 Winners

Award Name Title of Presentation College Program
1st Place

Silvana Duran Ortiz

Can we extend life- and health-span by decreasing Growth hormone action? College of Arts and Sciences Molecular and Cellular Biology
2nd Place Cassandra Thompson

Withering Waters and Teetering Temperatures: How one frog copes with pool permanency

College of Arts and Sciences Biological Sciences
3rd Place Sharif Wahab

Effectiveness of Online Portal for Climate Adaptation Knowledge Diffusion

Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Environmental Studies
People's Choice -  Doctoral Student Silvana Duran Ortiz
 

Can we extend life- and health-span by decreasing Growth hormone action?

College of Arts and Sciences Molecular and Cellular Biology
People's Choice -  Master's Student Sharif Wahab

Effectiveness of Online Portal for Climate Adaptation Knowledge Diffusion

Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Environmental Studies

 


2018 Finalists

3 MT Finalist Master's or Doctoral Student Title College and Program
Silvana Duran Ortiz Doctoral Student Can we extend life- and health-span by decreasing Growth hormone action?

College of Arts and Sciences

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Basil Masri Zada

Doctoral Student Practices of Everyday Life and the Syrian Body in Syrian art of the Syrian Crisis since 2011

College of Fine Arts

Interdisciplinary Arts 

Mersad Raeisi Doctoral Student

Chemistry that Self-assembles

College of Arts and Sciences

Chemistry 

Ali Rafiei Miandashti Doctoral Student Small Gold Structures for Treatment of Cancer

College of Arts and Sciences

Chemistry 

Pratik Shriwas

Doctoral Student Glucose-uptake inhibition: A novel way to starve cancer to death

College of Arts and Sciences

Biological Sciences

Sk Abu Talha

Master's Student

Evaluation of Bond Strength of Micro-surfacing Mixes with and without Tack Coat

Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Civil Engineering

Cassandra Thompson

Master's Student Withering Waters and Teetering Temperatures: How one frog copes with pool permanency

College of Arts and Sciences

Biological Sciences

Sharif Wahab

Master's Student Effectiveness of Online Portal for Climate Adaptation Knowledge Diffusion

Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

Environmental Studies