Register for OHSU’s Three-Minute Thesis competition by Apr. 25

Think you can describe your research to Tram travelers in the time it takes to reach the South Waterfront?

3MT_FoundedByUQ-411x130Back by popular demand, OHSU Research Week 2017 is excited to host its fifth annual Three Minute Thesis Competition for graduate students on Wednesday, May 3, at 4:00 p.m. in the OHSU Auditorium. The 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. Any student enrolled in an OHSU graduate program may participate. View examples of winning 3MT presentations.


  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum; 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?

Winner: $300
Runner-up: $200
People’s choice award: $200

Register to participate by Apr. 25 by contacting Jackie Wirz at Questions about Research Week? Contact