Register now for McMaster's third annual Three Minute Thesis competition in February 2015!
McMaster's 3MT is focused on student development and learning to effectively communicate complex research in just three short minutes. This opportunity will allow students to expand their range of communication skills in a dynamic and challenging way.
The top eligible presenter at McMaster will attend the Ontario 3MT® competition hosted by Western University.
Registration is open until January 12, 2015.
New features to McMaster's 3MT® program this year:
*The number of heats and number of competitors moving to the final will depend on the total number of participants in the competition.
Each competitor's presentation will be assessed according to the criteria listed below. Please note that each criterion is equally weighted.
Date & Time
|December 8, 2014
||Registration Opens »|
|January 12, 2015||Deadline to Register
|February 2, 2015||Deadline to Submit Your Slide|
|PLEASE NOTE||If you register before January 12, you do not need to submit your slide at time of registration. Your slide should be submitted no later than February 2.|
|January 19, 2015||Workshop: Creating your slide|
|January 20, 2015||Workshop: Communicating research impact|
|January 22, 2015||Workshop: Delivering an elevator pitch|
|February 10-11, 2015||McMaster Heats|
|February 12, 2015
April 23, 2015
|Ontario 3MT® Competition, Western University, London
Why do some of the rules seem restrictive?
McMaster has modeled the rules after the Ontario 3MT® competition to ensure that eligible winners can participate in the Ontario 3MT®, and in future years, national and international competitions.
What proportion of my degree has to have a research component for me to be eligible to compete in the McMaster 3MT®?
You are eligible to compete if your degree involves a thesis, dissertation or major research paper. If your program is course-based, you are not eligible.
What proportion of my degree has to have a research component for me to be eligible to compete in the Ontario 3MT®?
You are eligible to compete if your degree involves a thesis, major research paper or dissertation.
I was a student at the time of my competition at my university, but will graduate before the Ontario competition. Am I eligible to enter?
Yes. If you are eligible at the time of your university's competition, you will remain eligible for the Ontario competition, regardless of your program status.
Can I present my oration via Skype?
No, you must present in person. The winner of the university final will be expected to attend the Ontario competition in person.
Can I present my oration as a poem, rap or song?
No, 3MT® is primarily about developing students' oration skills. A laser pointer and/or note cards are not permitted in the Ontario competition.
Can I use a laser pointer?
No, neither a laser pointer and/or notes are permitted in the Ontario competitions, so they cannot be used in the McMaster competition.
Does my slide have to be in PowerPoint?
No, however it is the preferred format as all slides will be collated into a single PowerPoint presentation for the competition. A slide template is available here: JPEG, Keynote or PDF formats are acceptable.
How many transitions or animations can I have in my slide?
None. The slide must be static and not change in any way during the presentation. Your slide must be displayed for the duration of your presentation.
Do I have to use a slide?
No, the slide is optional as the emphasis is on the oration.
Do I have to add citations/references to the slide?
Yes, if appropriate. Note: you can use very small font for the citation/reference.
What happens if my presentation is longer than 3 minutes?
In all finals, a 30-second warning will be provided to competitors (a coloured card held up by the timekeeper) and a bell will sound at the three-minute limit. If a presenter continues to speak after the bell, they will be automatically disqualified.
Is there a dress code?
There is no stipulated dress requirement such as "smart casual." Please wear whatever is comfortable for you but no costumes are allowed (including hats, masks, etc).
Will I be able to see a countdown-timer at my final?
Yes, the countdown timer will be visible to you.
Can I win more than one category?
Yes, it is possible to win a place (1st, runner-up, etc.) and win the People's Choice Award.
What happens if I cannot attend the Final?
The winner of each heat is expected to participate in the next stage of the competition. If the winner is unable to attend the final, the runner-up will proceed to the next round of the competition.
A competitor's 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:
If you have any accessibility requirements or special needs, call Correen Smith at ext 23710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any queries about the 3MT® competition, contact Correen Smith, McMaster's School of Graduate Studies, via email@example.com or phone ext 23710.