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Ohio University Three Minute Thesis® Competition

2020 Ohio University Three Minute Thesis® (3MT)

Congratulations to the 2020 Winners

 

Award Name Title of Presentation College Program
1st Place Patricia Mora-Criollo

A new clue for an old puzzle: Growth hormone and Chagas Disease

Graduate College Translational Biomedical Sciences
2nd Place Rachel Stroup

'The Brilliant Entrance to Hell Itself ’: Dance Halls, Moral Reform, and Rhetorics of Space in the American Progressive Era (1890-1930

College of Arts and Sciences English
3rd Place Hoan Do

Parameter Recovery for the Four-Parameter Unidimensional Binary Item Response Theory Model: A Comparison of Marginal Maximum Likelihood and Markov Chain Monte Carlo Approaches

Patton College of Education

Educational Research and Evaluation
People's Choice -  Doctoral Student Patricia Mora-Criollo

A new clue for an old puzzle: Growth hormone and Chagas Disease

Graduate College Translational Biomedical Sciences
People's Choice -  Master's Student Rachel Stroup

'The Brilliant Entrance to Hell Itself ’: Dance Halls, Moral Reform, and Rhetorics of Space in the American Progressive Era (1890-1930

College of Arts and Sciences English

Overview

3MT - 2019 Winner - Michelle Michael

Founded by The University of Queensland in 2008.

Competitions are now held at over 600 institutions in 60 countries.

Competitors have three (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.


Deadlines

Registration Deadline - Friday, January 31, 2020

Slide Submission Deadline - Friday, February 7, 2020 by 4 PM


Format

Semi-finals

  • Monday, February 10, 2020
    7 P.M. 
    Stocker Center 103
    AND
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
    7 P.M. 
    Stocker Center 103

Finals

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    7 P.M. 
    Stocker Center 103

2020 Finalists

Finalist Master's or Doctoral Student Title of Presentation College CollegeProgram
Hoan Do Doctoral Student

Parameter Recovery for the Four-Parameter Unidimensional Binary Item Response Theory Model: A Comparison of Marginal Maximum Likelihood and Markov Chain Monte Carlo Approaches

Patton College of Education

Educational Research and Evaluation

Alexandra Monaco

Master's Student A Movement or a Moment?: The Impact of #MeToo Among College Students College of Arts and Sciences

Sociology

Patricia Mora-Criollo Doctoral Student

A new clue for an old puzzle: Growth hormone and Chagas Disease

Graduate College

Translational Biomedical Sciences

Rachael Pickens Doctoral Student

Using Light to Release Therapeutic Agents from Metal Compounds

College of Arts and Sciences

Chemistry 

Shabnam Pordel

Doctoral Student

A photosensitive Rh(III),Mn(I) multimetallic complex as a therapeutic agent for cancer treatment College of Arts and Sciences

Chemistry 

Akanksha Rohit Doctoral Student

Smart Patch for Biomedical Applications

Russ College of Engineering and Technology Electrical Engineering

Rachel Stroup 

 Master's Student

'The Brilliant Entrance to Hell Itself ’: Dance Halls, Moral Reform, and Rhetorics of Space in the American Progressive Era (1890-1930) College of Arts and Sciences

English

Videos of the 2020 Ohio University Three Minute Thesis® Competition will be viewable on the Ohio University YouTube site. To view, click here.


Eligibility

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 master's 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 10, 2020 OR Wednesday, February 12, 2020) AND the final round, Wednesday, February 19, 2020.


Rules

3MT - 2nd Place Winner - Anne Sternberger
  • 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 three (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 the 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:
    3MT - 3rd Place Winner - Proma Basu
    • 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

Cash prizes* awarded to:

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

3MT - 2019 People's Choice Award - Doctoral Student - Rebecca Keogh

Useful Resources

Videos of the 2020 Ohio University Three Minute Thesis® Competition winning presentations can be viewed on the Ohio University YouTube site. To view, click here.

Videos of the 2019 Ohio University Three Minute Thesis® Competition winning presentations can be viewed on the Ohio University YouTube site. To view, click here.

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.