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OHIO undergraduate students invited to register for the OSCARS Impact Competition

All undergraduate students at Ohio University are invited to participate in the OSCARS Impact Competition.

Interested students are encouraged to apply early; registration for the competition opens Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 9 a.m. and will be capped at 32 entrants.

About the OSCARS Impact Competition
Based on the Three Minute Thesis® (3MT), founded by The University of Queensland in 2008, the OSCARS Impact Competition will challenge OHIO undergraduate students to present a compelling oration on their research/creative work and its significance.

"What makes this competition so compelling is that it challenges students to consolidate their ideas and present them in a concise way to a non-specialist audience,” said Roxanne Male'-Brune, senior director of grant development and projects in OHIO’s Research Division. “This opportunity is a fantastic exercise that enables students to further hone their critical thinking and presentation skills and best present the significance of their work.”

Prize Details
This year's prizes are sponsored by alum and current OHIO employee Mike DiBenedetto, a Senior Research Program Engineer in OHIO’s Avionics Engineering Center within the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

Prizes are: $2,000 (first place), $1,000 (second place), $500 (third place) and $250 for each remaining finalist. A People's Choice Award ($100) will be provided to one undergraduate participant as well. 

Competition Schedule
Competitions will be held as four semi-final heats in the evenings of Feb. 27 and 29. 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 the evening of March 5. 

All participants must be available to participate in one of the semi-final heats and the final round.

Registration Details
Registration opens Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 9 a.m. and closes Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. (or sooner if the cap of 32 entrants is reached).

For additional information, or to request accommodations, contact: Roxanne Male’-Brune,

January 18, 2024
Staff reports

Are you an OHIO graduate student interested in entering into a similar competition?

Learn more about the 2024 Three Minute Thesis® competition