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University of Regina Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

Important Dates

Conference Dates:

Please register for 1 of 3 possible Qualifying Heat Sessions. Winners from the heats will participate in the final on Wednesday March 29, 2017.
Please Note: Space is limited to 20 participants per session, so register early. Deadline to register is on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 11:59pm.

Heat One: 
Date: Monday February 27, 2017
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Location: EA 106.1

Heat Two:
Date: Wednesday March 1, 2017
Time: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: CL 112

Heat Three:
Date: Thursday March 2, 2017
Time: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: RIC 119

FINALS
Date: Wednesday March 29, 2017
Time: 7 pm
Location: Shu-Box Theatre
Please note that this year the finale will be broadcasted by Access Communications. All graduate students are welcome to attend the presentations as well as the reception (details to follow)

Deadline for Submissions - NOW CLOSED

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us at urgsa@uregina.ca

What is 3MT?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia.  Students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or "dumbing-down" research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. 

Why Participate in 3MT?

At the U of R, 3MT is part of an effort to provide students with an opportunity to develop their oral communication and presentation skills.  

  • Skills Training for Students 
    The exercise develops academic, presentation and research communication skills, while developing research students' ability to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a nonspecialist audience.
  • Building Research Culture in Schools and Institutes
    3MT provides a valuable opportunity for students to come together, get to know one another and talk about their research. It also provides a supportive environment in which Schools and Institutes can provide presentation skills training.
  • Building External Relations for the University
    Each 3MT winner will go on to represent their university at the regional competition which, in itself, provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity.  It has been found that 3MT finalists also benefit from invitations to a variety of other networking events following their participation in the competition.     

Prizes

Prizes are an important incentive for students entering the competition. 

  • First Prize: $1500 scholarship, and opportunity to represent U of R at the Western Regional Competition (travel, lodging, and registration expenses paid),
  • Second Prize: $1000 scholarship,
  • Third Prize: $500 scholarship,
  • People’s Choice: $500 scholarship

Competition Rules and Guidelines

Eligibility Judging Criteria

Active Masters or PhD candidates are eligible to participate in all levels of the regional 3MT competition. Students with uncompleted projects are welcome to participate. Unfortunately graduates are not eligible for competition.

Judging Criteria

At every level of the competition each competitor will be assessed on the two judging criteria listed below. Please note that each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience. 

Comprehension and Content

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes (for finished theses)? 
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?  
  • Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience? 
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points? 
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?  

Engagement and Communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?  
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research? 
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research? 
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention? 
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?

Rules

  • 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 the presentation)
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted. 
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted. 
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified. 
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs). 
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage. 
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech. 
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.