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OU-Tulsa Students Present in a Hurry

OU-Tulsa Students Present in a Hurry

Marvin Manalastas from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at OU-Tulsa presents his Three-Minute Thesis

There are many reasons researchers might want to boil down their work to a short explanation, aimed at a non-specialist audience. Perhaps they need to explain the research to a potential employer or donor, share with friends or family or to entice others to further inquiry.

At the recent 3MT – or Three-Minute Thesis – competition at OU-Tulsa, students were tasked with doing just that. 

The 11 student competitors demonstrated their mastery of the “art of the concise” along with showcasing their communication and presentation skills. Competitors came from a wide range of departments, from instructional leadership and academic curriculum, to electrical and computer engineering, to educational leadership and policy studies. 

Students had three minutes to present their dissertation, thesis or other graduate-level projects with just one accompanying slide to an audience of approximately 65 supportive, non-specialists and a panel of judges. 

This year’s winners were: 

First Place: Haneya Qureshi, electrical and computer engineering

Second Place: Mohammad Abdul Mukit, electrical and computer engineering

People’s Choice: Nidaa Abu Jbara, Graduate College

This competition is separate from, but also a precursor to, the all-campus 3MT competition that will occur in Norman this February. Tulsa students were encouraged to use the Tulsa campus 3MT competition to practice for presenting in the all-campus competition.

The Tulsa 3MT competition was a joint project by the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library and the Tulsa Graduate College.

Article Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2020