3MT® Challenge


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) challenge is an opportunity for 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 time frame, the contestants are limited to using only one static PowerPoint slide for the duration of the presentation.

Learn more, watch the 3MT Call for Presentation Abstract video here

The challenge 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.

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 are cash awards on the line for top places 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.

If you are not eligible to compete in 3MT® you can consider giving an oral or poster presentation at the conference.

Call for 3MT Presentation Abstracts is now open 

Brock 3MT® Awards:
Winner: $500 and expenses-paid trip to compete at the Ontario competition
Runner-up: $250.

Watch the videos of the 2016 finalists

CLICK HERE to read the abstracts of all the 2016 3MT presenters.

VITAE Certificate

Your valuable MNK presentation experience also earns you credit toward a Vitae Essential Researcher Development Skills Certificate awarded by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Visit VITAE to find out more about the Certificate and the many other professional development opportunities to enhance your skills. CLICK HERE for more information.

Questions? Contact Karin Perry, Graduate Officer Training & Development, Faculty of Graduate Studies — kperry@brocku.ca

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