Three Minute Thesis® Competition

2023 Competition

Major congratulations to our winners and finalists:

  • Ryan Steere, 1st place and People’s Choice Masters, $2,100
  • Chinonso Ugwumadu, 2nd Place, $1,000
  • Ibi Max-Harry, 3rd Place, $500
  • Akshayaa Venkataraghavan, People’s Choice PhD, $350
  • Katelyn Balli Finalist, $250
  • Sam Smith, Finalist, $250
  • Jennifer Ojiambo-Isiko, Finalist, $250
  • Roshni Ashiq, Finalist, $250

Thank you to all of our participants and major congratulations to finalists. Please join us Feb. 23 to cheer them on!

First Name Last Name Graduate Level College Affiliation Academic Program/Discipline Adviser's Name
Ryan Steere Master's College of Arts and Sciences Cell, Developmental, and Microbiology Ronan Carrol
Katelyn Balli Master's Patton College of Education Masters of Reading  Chris Kennedy 
Ibiagbani  Max-Harry Doctoral College of Arts and Sciences Molecular and Cellular Biology  Craig Nunemaker 
Roshni Ashiq Doctoral Scripps College of Communication PhD in Health Communications Angela Hosek
Akshayaa Venkataraghavan Doctoral College of Arts and Sciences Environmental and Plant Biology Ahmed Faik
Sam Smith Master's College of Arts and Sciences Sociology Thomas Vander Ven
Chinonso Ugwumadu Doctoral College of Arts and Sciences Physics David. A. Drabold
Jennifer Ojiambo Isiko Doctoral Patton College of Education Counselor Education and Supervision Christine S. Bhat


2023 3MT Overview

Competitions will be held as four semi-final heats. Each heat will be capped at eight participants for a total of 32 participants. The top two participants from each semi-final heat will be invited to take part in the final round.

All participants must be available to participate in one of the semi-final heats and the final round (see dates below).

This year's prizes are sponsored by alum, Rene Paulson, founder of Elite Research LLC. Prizes are:

  • $2,000 (1st place), $1,000 (2nd place), $500 (3rd place) and $250 (each remaining finalist)
  • Two People's Choice Awards ($100) will be given, one each to a master's and doctoral student.

Registration is Closed

We have reached our cap. Participants and wait-listed registrants will be contacted by Tuesday, January 24, 2023 (see more information below).



3 Minute Thesis Competition

About 3MT

The Three Minute Thesis® (3MT) was founded by The University of Queensland in 2008.

Competitions are now held at over 900 institutions in 80 countries.

Students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down' research but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

Three Minute Thesis® Rules

3MT - 2nd Place Winner - Anne Sternberger
  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Accommodations can be made for students with disabilities. Contact Roxanne Male'-Brune,

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?


  • 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

This year's prizes are sponsored by alum, Rene Paulson, founder of Elite Research LLC.

Prizes are:

  • 1st place ($2,000)
  • 2nd place ($1,000)
  • 3rd place ($500)
  • Each remaining finalist ($250)
  • People's Choice Award - Master's student ($100)*
  • People's Choice Award - Doctoral student ($100)*

*If this is not possible based on the demographics of the finalists, two prizes will still be given.

Registration Deadlines

Registration Opens: Monday, January 16, 2023, 9:00 am
Registration Closes: Monday, January 23, 2023, by 5:00 PM

NOTE: registration will be capped at 32 participants as a first come, first serve basis.

Participant Confirmation - Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Slide Submission Deadline - Thursday, February 9, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.

Submit Slide Here



Three-Minute Thesis® Format
Round Date/Time Location
Semi-Finals Wednesday, February 15, 2023 — 7 PM Stocker Center 103
Semi-Finals Thursday, February 16, 2023 — 7 PM Stocker Center 103
Finals Thursday, February 23, 2023 — 7 PM Stocker Center 103


Any doctoral candidate 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 Wednesday, February 15, 2023 OR Thursday, February 16, 2023) AND the final round (Thursday, February 23, 2023).

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

Recorded Presentations

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

Prepare Your 3MT Slide