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Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

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The Ohio State University has for many years participated both in an in-house 3MT competition and finalists have competed at the regional (Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools [MAGS]) and National level (the Council of Graduate Schools [CGS]). The 3MT is an academic competition for PhD students and master’s students pursuing a master’s thesis to describe their research, within three minutes, to a general audience.

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There is a link for both the instructions for students 3MT Competitor Guide, which can be used at the college level and the student is expected, if nominated, to compete at the university level. It also meets the guidelines for competing regionally and nationally. The rating rubrics Virtual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition-Rubric were developed based on the criteria used regionally.

The Graduate School has a competition in February, when college 3MT finalists can compete at the university level. The Graduate School has made the commitment to give a prize of $500 for first, $350 for second, and $250 for 3rd. “Ribbon notices” out to 8th place and the remainder a letter from the dean noting they were a finalist.


Submission of Nominated Videos to the Graduate School

Colleges will hold their own their own 3MT competition or identify a student who should represent their college. Colleges will need to send their nomination (one per college) by December 15th 2021, to Assistant Dean, Karin Jordan at Please include the following information with the submission:

  • Student Name
  • Major/Program of Study
  • College
  • Link to downloadable copy of student 3MT video

As a note for colleges, once a student is selected to participate in the Three Minute Thesis, please upload your video clip to onedrive

If you have questions about uploading your video or need technical assistance, contact the IT Service Desk at: Phone: 614-688-4357 (HELP), Email:, Self Service and chat support:

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