Three Minute Thesis Competition

Congratulations 3MT Winners!

Andrew Luttrell, Psychology

First Place Winner

Roopa Comandur, Chemistry

People's Choice Winner

Congratulations to all finalists

(L-R) Victoria Muñoz, Dixie Mollenkopf, Andrew Luttrell, Juliana Vasco-Correa, Roopa Comandur

On Monday, April 11, five doctoral students competed head-to-head for the honor of winning the 2016 Three Minute Thesis competition at Ohio State.

Andrew Luttrell, doctoral student in psychology, emerged the winner with his three minute presentation on how the mere perception of a moral basis makes opinions stronger.

Roopa Comandur, doctoral student in Chemistry, received the People’s Choice award, which was determined by the audience.

The five finalists, including Victoria Munoz, English; Dixie Mollenkopf, Comparative and Veterinary Medicine, and Juliana Vasco-Correa, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, won their respective preliminary heats on Friday, April 8, beating out 45 other participants, to advance to the finals in the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theatre.

The 3MT is sponsored by the Graduate School and was developed by the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2008 and is now held at universities across the globe. More

In both the preliminary heats and final, each presenter had only three minutes and a single static slide to explain his or her research to a non-expert audience. The presentations were judged by a panel of Ohio State faculty and directors of communications.

The 3MT winner received a $500 award, and the People’s Choice winner received $250. Videos of the finalists’ presentations will be made available soon.

Contact: Kathleen Wallace, assistant dean, 247-7300.



Three Minute Thesis Competition

FINAL: Monday, April 11, 2016

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a competition in which doctoral students attempt to effectively explain their research to a non-specialist audience in only three minutes and using only one static slide. 

This year's 3MT competition is a pilot so we are limiting participation to 50 post-candidacy doctoral graduate students. The first place winner will receive a $500 award, and the People's choice winner will receive a $250 award.

3MT was developed by the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2008 and is now held in universities across the globe.

Sample presentations


February-March 9

Application submission period

March 10-March 31

Application review period. Selected participants will be notified in March.


Heat: Friday, April 8

Final: Monday, April 11

Wexner Film/Video Theater, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Competition Rules

  1. Presenters must be registered graduate students in a doctoral program at The Ohio State University, be in good standing, and have successfully passed their candidacy examination.
  2. A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations, or 'movement' of part of a slide are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  3. No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  4. No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  5. Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  6. Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps, or songs).
  7. Presentations are to commence from the stage or the designated presentation area. Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  8. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the decision.
  9. Applicants selected to participate in the competition must wear appropriate business or professional attire during presentations.
  10. All presenters must agree to abide by the competition rules. The Graduate School reserves the right to disqualify any presenter found to have failed to abide by the competition rules.

Still have questions? Contact Ana’ Brown, graduate administrative associate, at (614) 247-7281.

































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