2022 IEW 3MT Hero
IEW Student Global Research Symposium
Rapid Presentation Thesis Competition

IEW Student Global Research Symposium

Thesis Competition 

Friday November 17, 2023 

During International Education Week (IEW), students (all academic levels) were invited to present their internationally focused research or creative activity through a Rapid Presentation Thesis Competition.

IEW 2023 Global Research Symposium winners

Congratulations to the 2023 Global Research Symposium Winners

1st Place: Shrirang Deshmukh - "Effect of Oxygen on Corrosion in the Oil and Gas Industry"

2nd Place: Brianne Dowler - "F2-J2, a Mobile App Prototype"

3rd Place: Bose Maposa - "Understanding physical activity participation among Black African female immigrants in the United States: Preliminary results from a mixed-methods study"

People's Choice: Kezia Nanda - "They were found guilty of blasphemy: A comparative analysis between blasphemy laws in the U.S. and Indonesia through the cases of Commonwealth v. Kneeland and Public Prosecutor v. Basuki"

People's Choice: Subekshya Ghimire - "The Impact of COVID-19 and Challenges of Online Learning: Evidence from Technologically Under-developed Country"

Participation Rules and Judging Criteria


This competition is based upon but is not affiliated with the 3-Minute Thesis format was founded by The University of Queensland in 2008. 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. 

During IEW, this Student Global Research Symposium: Rapid Presentation Thesis Competition gives students of all levels a chance to share their internationally focused research and creative activity in a very short presentation format to effectively and concisely share their project of research. 


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is requested (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. 
    • 1-Minute and 15-second warning flags will be provided 
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs). 
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final. 



Adjudication will be based on Presenters’ ability to thoroughly and succinctly discuss the following prompts: 

  • Introduce yourself and your department 
  • What is your Research? 
    • Provide an overview of your Research/ Thesis topic 
  • Why did you choose this topic or complete this research? 
    • Specify the question you are trying to answer or the problem your research seeks to address 
    • What is the research significance? 
  • What is your methodology? 
  • Why should we care? 
    • Discuss the Global connections of your research 
    • What stakeholders benefit from results? (e.g. scientific community, local populations, academic  
    • Describe impact, key results, or outcomes 

Presentation Tips 

  • Thoughtfully select information on your presentation slide 
    • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation? Was it engaging, but clear, legible, and concise? 
  • 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? 
  • Did the presenter: 
    • 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 language and presentation content make the audience want to know more? Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize the research? 
  • Did the presenter: 
    • Convey investment in the research? 
    • Capture and maintain the audience’s attention? 

Awards and Prizes

Cash prizes* awarded to: 

  • 1st place ($500) 
  • 2nd place ($350) 
  • 3rd place ($200) 
  • People's Choice ($100)



Round 1 Adjudication 

Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 

Baker Center - Report to Baker 231 to confirm your Room Assignment and Presentation Time

Several concurrent Round 1 adjudications will select 2 Presentations which advance to the Final Round


  • International and Domestic Students of any level (undergraduate, masters, doctoral) 
  • Must be enrolled as a student during Fall 2023 semester, when the competition takes place 

*All participants must be available to participate in both the Round 1 Adjudication (Nov. 17, 10:30-12:00) and Final Round (Nov. 17, 12:15-1:00). 


Videos of past Graduate College 3MT competitions can be found at https://www.ohio.edu/graduate/current-students/3-minute-thesis 

Remember, your participation can reflect current or past research!

Registrations open until October 30, 2023