The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a university-wide competition for graduate students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in 3 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.
The 3MT® competition provides graduate students with an opportunity to refine skills that can be transferred after graduation to diverse career paths. Distilling research into a clear form, without over-simplifying or making it overly complex, and highlighting the wider implications of the research are important skills to carry into post-graduate employment and public service.
The competition also enables students to showcase their research to a wider audience, across disciplines within the university and to the broader public. The competition is open to the public, and is advertised within the community. This is a unique opportunity to communicate the innovative and significant research undertaken by graduate students.
The 3MT® competition initially was developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, with competitions in other Australian and New Zealand universities following, culminating in the first Trans Tasman competition held in 2010. 3MT®has spread internationally – from Japan and Europe to Canada and the U.S. UBC ran the first Canadian competition in 2011; Queen's and Western held competitions in 2012. In 2013, 16 Ontario Universities sent representatives to the inaugural Ontario 3MT® Competition.
The top eligible presenters from each university will attend the Ontario 3MT® competition hosted by McMaster University on April 24, 2014. Western University is slated to host the 2015 Ontario 3MT®.
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If you have any queries about the McMaster 3MT® competition or the Ontario 3MT Finals, contact Vanessa Hayward, McMaster's School of Graduate Studies, via email@example.com or phone ext 23710.