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Three Minute Thesis

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.

Learn more about UOIT 3MT®

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Registration

Registration for UOIT's internal 3MT® is now open! 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. Please review full rules and eligibility before registering.

Register for UOIT 3MT®

All graduate students who register by Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. will be entered in a draw to win a $100 gift card.

Supervisor consent

In order to compete in 3MT®, all students must submit the 3MT® supervisor consent form. The deadline for submission is Friday, March 2.

Important dates - 2018

Date

Event

Monday, January 8 Registration opens
Wednesday, January 31 Early registration closes
Friday, March 2 Deadline for 3MT® presentation slide
Deadline for 3MT® supervisor consent form
Tuesday, March 20 UOIT 3MT® heats
Wednesday, March 21 UOIT 3MT® finals
Thursday, April 19 Provincial 3MT® competition at York University

Coaching sessions

You'll be well prepared and confident for your 3MT® presentation from coaching sessions with expert facilitators. Topics include:

  • Selling your research
  • Developing effective presentation slides
  • Tips and tricks for public speaking

Coaching will take place in February and early March.

Recommended Grad Pro Skills workshops

  • Public Speaking 101 - Thursday, February 1, 2018 from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Practice Your Presentation (presented by MITACS) - Friday, February 23, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Register for Grad Pro Skills

Resources

Tips and resources for your presentation

Articles of interest

UOIT's Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is managed by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. If you have any questions about the competition, please contact us at 905.721.8668 ext. 6209 or gradstudies@uoit.ca.

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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 their 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 School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) 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 SGPS no later than Friday, March 2, 2018 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.

UOIT's Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is managed by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. If you have any questions about the competition, please contact us at 905.721.8668 ext. 6209 or gradstudies@uoit.ca.

Female graduate student presenting at the Three Minute Thesis competition

Save the dates for the 2018 competition!

  • UOIT 3MT® Heats - Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • UOIT 3MT® Final - Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • Provincial 3MT® Competition - Thursday, April 19, 2018 at York University

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.

If you have any questions, please contact the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at 905.721.8668 ext. 6209 or gradstudies@uoit.ca.

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Judging panel

Judges for the 2018 heats and finals will be announced soon!

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?

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Save the dates for the 2018 competition!

  • UOIT 3MT® Heats - Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • UOIT 3MT® Final - Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • Provincial 3MT® Competition - Thursday, April 19, 2018 at York University

Contest for UOIT students

We encourage all UOIT students to attend our 3MT® Final on Wednesday, March 21 to learn more about the exciting research taking place at the university. All current UOIT students (undergraduate, professional and graduate) will be entered in a draw for a $100 gift card.

People's Choice Award

You be the judge! All audience members at the UOIT 3MT® Final on Wednesday, March 21 will have the opportunity to vote for their choice of best presentation. 

UOIT's Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is managed by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. If you have any questions about the competition, please contact us at 905.721.8668 ext. 6209 or gradstudies@uoit.ca.

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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.