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Three Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a university-wide competition for graduate students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in three minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way, using only one static slide. 

This fun and challenging academic competition enables students to showcase their research to a wider multidisciplinary audience, within the university and to the broader public. The competition is open to the public, and is advertised within the community. The 3MT® is a unique opportunity to communicate the innovative and significant research undertaken by graduate students.

3MT® History

The 3MT® competition was developed initially by the University of Queensland (Australia) in 2008 soon followed by other universities and has spread internationally. The inaugural Ontario 3MT® Competition was hosted in 2013 followed by the first national competition in 2014.

The first UOIT 3MT® competition was held in 2013.


Female graduate student presenting at the Three Minute Thesis competition


3MT® 2017

Schedule

Prizes

Parking

Participants

Finalists

Sponsor

Schedule for the 2017 competition

Watch the online stream for all events or follow #UOIT3MT on Twitter for live updates.

Heats - Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 10 a.m. to noon - Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre, Room 1094

UOIT 3MT Final - Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 2 to 4 p.m. - Gordon Willey Building, G-Wing, Room G213 (Dining Room)

Provincial 3MT® Competition - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - University of Waterloo

National 3MT® Competition - TBD

Prizes

The following prizes will be awarded at UOIT's internal competition:

Top finalist
$1,000
Runner-up $500
People's Choice winner $250

Participation in the 3MT® competition is free.

Parking

Enter off Simcoe Street North or Conlin Road and proceed to Founders 2 parking lot.

Please direct inquiries to gradproskills@uoit.ca.

Participants (in alphabetical order)

Ahmed Abdelrahman
Program:
Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Title:
An Optimal Magnetic Analysis with a Cost-Effective BLDC Drive Design for a Water Pump Application

Alaadin Addas
Program: Master of Science, Computer Science
Title: Dynamic Location-Based Security Questions for Fallback Authentication

Soma Chakraborty
Program: Master of Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering
Title: Analysis and Feasibility of Tiered Evaporative Cooling System with Diffusion-Based Sessile Droplet Evaporation

Emma DePasquale
Program: Master of Health Sciences
Title: Are We Really Like Our Parents?

Eryn Frawley
Program: Master of Science, Modelling and Computational Science
Title: Birds of a Feather Flock Together: How Animal Groups are Formed

Kristopher Knopf
Program: Master of Health Sciences
Title: A Pilot Spontaneous Breathing Trial Initiative in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at SickKids

Sancgeetha Kulaseharan
Program: Master of Science, Modelling and Computational Science
Title: Computational Approaches to Detect Focal Cortical Dysplasia (FCD) in Children with Epilepsy using MRI

Melanie Maas
Program: Master of Education
Title: The Reality of Augmented and Virtual Reality in K-12 Education

Michael Miljanovic
Program: Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science
Title: Adaptive Serious Games for Computer Science Education

Kyle Mills
Program: Master of Science, Modelling and Computational Science
Title: Deep Learning and the Schrodinger Equation

Ololade Sanusi
Program: Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Title: Next-Generation Wireless Blood Sterilization Systems

Elizabeth Selinger
Program: Master of Science, Materials Science
Title: An Fe-MnOx Masterial for Renwable Energy Applications through Water Splitting

Andrew Varley
Program: Master of Science, Applied Bioscience
Title: Elucidating the Role of the Bacterial Cellulose Master Switch, FixK

 

Finalists (in order of presentation)

Finalists to be added after the heats.

Michael Miljanovic
Program: Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science
Title: Adaptive Serious Games for Computer Science Education

Eryn Frawley
Program: Master of Science, Modelling and Computational Science
Title: Birds of a Feather Flock Together: How Animal Groups are Formed

Sancgeetha Kulaseharan
Program: Master of Science, Modelling and Computational Science
Title: Computational Approaches to Detect Focal Cortical Dysplasia (FCD) in Children with Epilepsy using MRI

Ololade Sanusi
Program: Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Title: Next-Generation Wireless Blood Sterilization Systems

Emma DePasquale
Program: Master of Health Sciences
Title: Are We Really Like Our Parents?

Kristopher Knopf
Program: Master of Health Sciences
Title: A Pilot Spontaneous Breathing Trial Initiative in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at SickKids

3MT 2017® is sponsored by:


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Information for UOIT 3MT® competition contestants

Eligibility

Rules

Judging criteria

Important dates

Forms

Resources

Eligibility

To participate in 3MT®, students must meet the eligibility criteria outlined below:

  • At the time of the 3MT® competition, students must be registered in a master's or PhD program and must have made substantial progress on their research and analysis. Students in programs with a major research project, paper or portfolio may participate. Course-based master's students are ineligible.
  • PhD and master's students who have defended or have submitted their project, paper or portfolio, but have not yet convocated, are eligible.
  • 3MT® presentations must represent the primary research the student conducted in his/her graduate program.
  • Presenters must agree to be video-recorded and to allow those recordings to be made public.

Confidentiality and intellectual property (IP) considerations

Students must understand that the presentation of their research in 3MT® will be publicly accessible, i.e., in the public domain.

The presentation of the research will not affect any pre-existing rights following the competition, except as stated below:

  • Due to the nature of the competition, we will not ask judges, reviewers, staff or the audience to sign non-disclosure statements. If your research is being/has been conducted under contract with an outside sponsor, you are required to discuss the related contractual terms of confidentiality and IP with your supervisor and the Office of Graduate Studies before participating in this competition.
  • All public sessions of the competition including, but not limited to, oral presentations are open to the public at large. Any and all of these public sessions may be broadcast to interested persons through media, which may include the Internet.
  • Any data or information discussed or presented in public sessions should be considered public. If your research includes confidential, contractual, newly created IP or culturally sensitive material, you are required to discuss your competition entry with your supervisor(s) before entering the 3MT® competition. Please submit the 3MT® supervisor consent form signed by your supervisor(s) to the Office of Graduate Studies no later than Friday, March 3, 2017 as evidence of this discussion.

In coordinating 3MT®, UOIT and any host institutions for the province-wide competition may take photographs, videotapes and/or audiotapes; make transcripts of the presentations; and/or copy material prepared for use in presentation at the 3MT® and any 3MT®-related events for promotional purposes and to support knowledge mobilization.

Testimonials will be requested of all participants after the events.

Rules

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or movement of any description, and the slide is to remain in view for the duration of the oration).
  • Competitors must present in person.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and/or video files) are permitted.
  • No props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum. Competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are to be spoken (i.e., no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations must be made by memory; notes may not be used.
  • The competition will be administered in English.
  • The decision of the judge's panel is final.

Judging criteria

Comprehension (graded out of 10 points)

  • Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and aims of research?
  • Do you know what is significant about this research?
  • Did the presentation follow a logical sequence?

Engagement (graded out of 10 points)

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or dumb down their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their work?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
  • Would I like to know more about the speaker's research?

Communication (graded out of 10 points)

  • Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker use sufficient eye contact and vocal range, maintain a steady pace and a confident stance?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology that needed to be used and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the presenter spend the right amount of time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long or were rushed?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance, rather than detract from, their presentation - was it clear, legible and concise?

Important dates

Tuesday, January 10 Registration opens
Friday, February 17 Registration closes
Wednesday, February 22 3MT® Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, February 28 Coaching sessions start
Friday, March 3 Deadline for 3MT® presentation slide
Deadline for 3MT® supervisor consent form
Wednesday, March 22 Heats
Thursday, March 23 UOIT 3MT® finals
Wednesday, April 12 Provincial 3MT® competition

Forms

Registration form

3MT® supervisor consent form

3MT® PowerPoint template


Resources

Tips and resources for your presentation

Making the Most of Your Three Minutes, Simon Clews, Writing Centre, University of Melbourne, Australia

3MT® Presentation Skills Workshop slides 2013 - Queen's University (Williams, 2013)

Communicating your research in lay language, Cristian A. Linte, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, May/June 2009, pages 5-7.

Developing your 3MT video presentation for the U21 3MT online competition


Articles of interest

3MT Not Just for Scientists

LIST OF 2017 3MT® JUDGES


Judging panel for the heats

  • Gloria Duke-Aluko, Policy Advisor, Durham Region Social Services
  • Ryan Ellis, Membership Director, Tech Connex
  • Natalie Sims, President, Durham Medical Services
  • Michael Wasdell, Director - Research and Academics, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Services
  • Michael Williams-Bell, PhD, Professor, School of Health and Community Services - Durham College, 2015 UOIT 3MT® winner

Judging panel for the finals

  • Arlene Ali, Executive Director - Medical Sciences, Purdue Pharma
  • Jennifer Baron, Business Manager, Covanta Durham York Renewable Energy L.P.
  • Kirsten Janeteas, National Account Manager, Cimetrix Solutions
  • Rito Salomone, President, Resource Software International
  • Nancy Shaw, Chief Executive Officer, Oshawa Chamber of Commerce

Three Minute Thesis spectators and 3MT logo

Thank you to all competitors, judges, coordinators and volunteers who helped make the 2016 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition possible. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology's (UOIT) 3MT® final competition was held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, where six finalists competed for prize money and an all-expenses-paid trip to the provincial competition, which was held at Wilfrid Laurier University on Thursday, April 14. 

3MT® winner

Name: Megalai Thavakugathasalingam

Program: Master of Health Sciences (MHSc), field in Community Health

Thesis/presentation title: Reconstructing Childhood Cancer: A Young Adult’s Experience

Supervisor: Dr. Otto Sanchez

Bio: Megalai Thavakugathasalingam is completing her MHSc in the Community Health field. Her research explores the experience of young adult survivors of childhood cancer using an arts-informed narrative inquiry defined by Connelly and Clandinin. Megalai has had a passion for children’s health and cancer since her adolescent years and aims to use her master's as a first step into exploring the qualitative niche in the pediatric oncology world of health. Currently, she is one of the second-year graduate representatives on the Student Affairs and Research Culture Committee, striving to foster a stronger and expansive research culture. On the days she isn’t stressing about her project, she loves to open up to a nice book. Megalai is excited for the opportunity to share her work at the 3MT provincial competition!

Finalists

All finalists listed alphabetically by last name:

Lauren Fridman**
Program: Master of Arts, Education
Title: Examining the Impact of Digital Infographics on Literacy Education for At-Risk Youth

Lorraine Ma***
Program: Master of Science, Modelling and Computational Science
Title: 2D-3D Image Registration Algorithms for Cardiac MRI

Shahrzad Pezhman
Program: Master of Health Sciences, Kinesiology field
Title: Effect of Gymnastics on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Megalai Thavakugathasalingam*
Program: Master of Health Sciences, Community Health field
Title: Reconstructing Childhood Cancer: A Young Adult’s Experience

Keri-Ellen Walcer
Program: Master of Health Sciences, Kinesiology field
Title: Using Music to Motivate Movement in Children Aged 4 to 6 with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Hanyue Xu
Program: Master of Applied Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Title: Integration of Bandpass Filter with Dielectric Resonator Antenna

*First place
**Second place
***People’s Choice Award winner

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a university-wide competition for graduate students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in three minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way, using only one static slide.

VIDEOS

If you missed the excitement in person, or if you are looking to get a feel for how 3MT® works, be sure to check out the videos from our past 3MT® competitions.

2016 videos

2015 videos

2014 videos

2013 videos


Female graduate student presenting at the Three Minute Thesis competition

CONTACT US

General 3MT® event inquiries can be forwarded to gradproskills@uoit.ca.

VOLUNTEER

The Office of Graduate Studies is looking for volunteers to assist at the 3MT® events. Volunteers may help with the following:

  • Preparing materials for the event
  • Event set up/clean up
  • Hosting a welcome table
  • Timing speakers
  • Video recording presentations
  • Assisting with judging
  • Score tabulation, etc.

You can sign up for volunteer opportunities by emailing gradproskills@uoit.ca quoting 3MT volunteer in the subject line.

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