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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) contest challenges students to talk about their research and why it matters in a way that will inform and captivate people outside of their disciplines. Along with keeping to the three-minute timeframe, the contestants are limited to using only one PowerPoint slide for the duration of the presentation.
Fun and challenging is the best way to describe this research communications exercise that continues to expand in popularity around the globe
The contest is open to:
• currently registered graduate students who have made substantial progress (final stages of research) in a master’s by thesis, a master’s by research project, or a PhD program
• students who have successfully defended their thesis, but have not yet graduated are eligible.
See the links to the right for more details. Then, register online before Friday, Jan. 23.
With a panel of judges listening and the clock running — three minutes and not a second more — graduate 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.
Participants 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 winner will compete for provincial glory with an expenses-paid trip to the Ontario 3MT® contest. The top finishers from Ontario will advance to a virtual national competition that will be held in June.
The contest is held in conjunction with Mapping the New Knowledges, Brock’s annual graduate student research conference. If you are not eligible to compete in 3MT® you can consider giving an oral or poster presentation at the conference. Find out more about the conference.
Your valuable presentation experience can be listed on your CV or part of a scholarship application and will earn you credit toward a Vitae Essential Researcher Development Skills certificate awarded by the Dean of Graduate Studies. To find out more about this certificate, please visit Vitae Essential Skills.
2014 Brock winner and runner-up at the Ontario finals
Leslie Nash, Applied Health Sciences
2014 Brock Runner-up
Andra Lenius, Applied Health Sciences
The winner and runner-up were determined on April 7, 2014 at the 3MT® final round during the Ninth Annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference.
Prizes: Winner receives $500 and runner-up $250.