Three minutes and one slide to make an impression.

Unfortunately, due to an insufficient number of overall submissions, we have decided to cancel this year’s event. We are disappointed to have to do so, especially given the energy and time students have invested so far. We hope to resume hosting the event next year with renewed interest.

See all of the events of Grad Appreciation Week '18

2015 3MT winner Francisco Guerrero

First place

Second place

Third place

Important Dates


Information and Inspiration Session

Come and learn the rules and requirements for the 3MT and Graduate Showcase. Learn how to make a winning presentation with Francisco Guerrero, OSU’s 2015 3MT first place winner, sharing his LaRGe communication model: making your presentations Likable, Reliable, and Gettable. Dr. Steph Bernell, Graduate School Associate Dean, will also cover requirements and judging criteria for both the 3MT and the Graduate Showcase. 3 to 4 p.m. Heckart Lodge Classroom and online. Registration is only required for attending online.
Where: Heckart Lodge Classroom
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.


Audition Help in Heckart Lodge

If you need help recording your audition video, come to Heckart Lodge at noon and we'll help you record it. You should bring your notes and pretend this is a mock 3MT. First come, first served.


Deadline for Entries

Submit your audition video to enter the competition.


Finalists announced

People moving on to the final competition will be notified by this date so they can prepare for their talks.


Final competition during Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Join us during the Grad Showcase (3:30-5 p.m.) and stay to watch the top 10 finalists compete for the grand prize
Where: Memorial Union
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

Learn more

Participants have three minutes to present, using no more than one static slide. A committee consisting of two graduate students, a professional communications specialist, a community member and a representative from the Graduate School select the top three presentations. Judges evaluate presentations for comprehension, engagement, and communication. The audience picks the People's Choice winner. 

These three individuals will also compete in the 3MT State Championships, Saturday, June 2, 3 to 5 p.m. at Portland State University.

See examples and get resources »

Read the rules and judging criteria »

If you want a place to host your video entry try using OSU's media website. Log in to that website, and you can upload your video recording there. You can also create a webcam recording right from the site. Make sure to mark your video as unlisted and get the URL of the video for the entry form.


To be announced.

Examples and Resources

3MT finalist at Oregon State University in 2016

Winning the 3MT requires a connection with the audience and judges. One way to do this is by thinking about your project as a narrative, with a beginning, rising action, climax, and resolution. Classic storytelling techniques, combined with an attractive graphic or image, could put you on top this year. Remember, you will be presenting to a non-specialist audience, not at a technical conference.

Want to learn more? Join us on February 12 for an informational session that will include tips from past 3MT participants.

Here are some websites and examples to get your inspired.

Past winners

OSU 2017 winner Brad Pitcher

Rules and Judging Criteria

Vintage chairs


  • Participation is open to any enrolled graduate student who is nearing the completion of their degree. Any scholarly work conducted for a thesis, dissertation or final project is acceptable for presentation. Graduates are not eligible.
  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any kind allowed. The slide is shown 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 by advancing from the title slide to the presentation slide.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
  • Participants may only place in 3MT once; if you placed, you cannot participate in 3MT again.
  • Unsuccessful 3MT applicants are automatically enrolled into the Graduate Showcase, but require student’s confirmation.
  • Students cannot do both the Showcase and 3MT unless the content is significantly unique.
  • All  3MT participants must be present in person at the live event. (cannot participate remotely).
  • People’s choice is open to any participant, including 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Does not advance to statewide unless they’ve also placed in top 3.

Judging Criteria

At every level of the competition, each competitor will be assessed on the three judging criteria listed below.  Please note that each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience.

Comprehension and content

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed, while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement and communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
  • Did the speaker 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?