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2013 Runner-up — Abdullah Mahboob, Biotechnology
What can you do in three minutes? Boil water for tea. Wait for the bus. Dry your hair. Simple … right.
How about adding something a little more interesting to your three-minute repertoire by participating in Brock’s 3MT® (Three Minute Thesis) competition.
Graduate students were invited to take the challenge during this year’s Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
As a new addition to the conference lineup of poster and oral presentations, the contest was open to students who are very far along in their Master's or PhD thesis work i.e., at the final stages of writing their thesis, or have recently defended but not yet graduated.
With a panel of judges listening and the clock running — three minutes and not a second more — students have the chance to test their ability to talk about their research and why it matters in a way that will inform and captivate a non-specialist audience.
They are entitled to use one — as in only 1 — PowerPoint slide. No fancy stuff allowed, just a single static slide to be displayed for the full presentation.
All in all, it's a great way for students to sharpen professional communication skills and apply these to today's world, from grant writing to job applications.
There is a cash prize on the line for top place in the competition. And, even better, our winners will compete for provincial glory with an expenses-paid trip to the Ontario 3MT® contest.