Three Minute Thesis Registration

The Three Minute Thesis is a competition that gives graduate students three minutes and one PowerPoint slide as tools to effectively communicate their research to an intelligent, but non-specialist audience. Please review all rules and judging criteria before registering for the Three Minute Thesis.

The top presenters as determined by our faculty and staff judges will be 3MT finalists.The 3MT Finals will include the top recorded 3MT presentations and be voted on by faculty and professional staff judges to award First, Second, and Third Place. We also plan to share the videos of the 3MT finalists on social media for Kent State graduate students to be able to view videos and vote for the People's Choice Award via a private Qualtrics form. Preliminary voting will take place from October 15-21 and then the 3MT finalists will be named. Finals voting for judges and the People's Choice Award will be available from October 22-28. Award recipients will be announced on Friday, October 30.

Registration Information

Registration is now open through Wednesday, October 14 at 11:59pm.

On the registration form, you will be asked to include the title of your presentation. Please aim to keep your title catchy, informative, concise, and true to your research. An important element of the competition is communicating your research in a concise and engaging manner and that starts with the title. Try to avoid long titles with technical jargon.

All participating students need to have a single, static PowerPoint slide (no animations, no transitions) to accompany their presentation. The slide can either be in standard (4:3) or widescreen (16:9) format. When creating your slide remember that the slide is another tool to help you explain and illustrate your research. Try to avoid including too much text on your slide or having a slide that looks too cluttered, as that can distract from rather than enhance your presentation. Think carefully about what is most important to include on your slide to tell the story of your research. Oftentimes the most memorable slides are simple and leave the audience with a clear snapshot of the research. The slide may be uploaded to the form when you register. If your slide is not ready when you first register, you will need to email your slide to Kyle Reynolds at as a pdf file by Wednesday, October 14 at 11:59pm in order to be eligible to participate.

Video Recording

To record your video for 3MT you can use Kaltura Capture on a computer with a webcam and microphone. If you do not have Kaltura Capture downloaded on your computer, it is for free to Kent State students. 

1. Go to and log in with your Flashline ( login credentials
2. In the upper right menu select ‘Add New’ and then select Kaltura Capture’
3. Follow the directions for downloading for Windows or Mac
4. Once Kaltura Capture has been installed on your laptop open the application.
5. Make sure your screen, camera, and audio are all turned on prior to recording. All three icons will be blue if they are turned on


Filming at Home Tips

Dark environments impact the overall quality of your video because cameras do not perform well in dim lighting. Ensuring you are well lit guarantees the camera and therefore, your audience, can see you clearly. Look for a room in your home that has a lot of natural light. If you are using light from a window, ensure you are facing towards the window so light falls on you directly. Any additional lighting you can introduce will further improve the quality of your video. 

When filming your video at home, ensure you choose a very quiet environment where you have as much control over the sound as possible. For example, choose a small room where you have the ability to close all doors and windows. Make sure any noisy electronics in the room such as fans, air conditioners, computers, and phones are temporarily turned off. These technologies can be distracting to your audience.

Be aware of any audible interruptions you do not have control over such as airplanes, lawns mowers and cars. Consider filming during a quiet time of day such as early in the morning when there are likely to be less interruptions. If there are audio interruptions during your recording, do not continue. Wait it out and try again at a later point.

Aim for a clean, plain wall as your background, completely free of visual distractions from the waist up where you will be framing your shot.