OHSU grad students to compete in statewide 3MT event May 16

During Research Week 2015, OHSU held its third annual Three Minute Thesis competition, where 16 graduate students rose to the challenge of presenting their thesis in 180 seconds with a single slide. Three students emerged victorious:

First place:  Katie Lebold, “Imaging dysfunctional nerves in asthma”
Second place: QiLiang Chen, “Shedding light on the pain in your brain”
People’s Choice: Josh Kaplan, “A cerebellar contribution to alcohol intake”

Not only did these students take home cash prizes and bragging rights, but they’ll represent OHSU at the statewide 3MT competition Saturday, May 16, in Portland. You’re invited to cheer them on as they compete against students from University of Oregon, Portland State University, and Oregon State University.

Three Minute Thesis State Championship
Saturday, May 16, 2015
3 to 5 p.m.
Collaborative Life Sciences Building, 2S060
South Waterfront, Portland

The event is free and open to the public.


About 3MT
3MT® is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills as students explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

The guidelines:

  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps, or songs).
  • A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations, or movement of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound or audio files) or props are permitted.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • Presentations will be judged by a panel of faculty and non-faculty.

Judging criteria:

  • Communication style: Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
  • Comprehension: Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Engagement: Did the oration make the audience want to know more?