Postdoctoral scholars are valued members of the USask community and make indispensable contributions to academic research. The friendly 3MP competition is just one way the College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies is celebrating Postdoc Appreciation Week and invites the USask community to see a glimpse of the amazing work these scholars are engaged in.
Thank you to our esteemed judges who will select an overall winner.
- Debby Burshtyn, College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
- Marjorie Delbaere, Edwards School of Business
- Jaswant Singh, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences
Launched in 2019, the USask 3MP is a university-wide friendly competition where competitors will have 1 static slide and 3 minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their postdoctoral research to a non-specialist audience to showcase their research to the USask community.
This year’s competition will look a bit different as competitors will be required to prepare a 3-minute video rather than presenting to a live audience.
As part of the USask National Postdoc Appreciation Week, videos will be available for viewing from September 20 – 24.
This event is modelled after the UBC 3-Minute Postdoc Slam and the Graduate Students’ Association Three Minute Thesis event, with a few adjustments. Three Minute Thesis originated at the University of Queensland in 2008.
To participate in the 3MP, you must be registered as a Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) at the University of Saskatchewan. Presentations must be based on research that is directly related to your postdoctoral work on campus. There is no limit on the number of participants, all are welcome!
Rules & Regulations
Competitors will be required to prepare and submit a video and PowerPoint slide according to the rules and regulations below:
- A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed.
- No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
- No additional props (e.g. laser pointers, costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
- Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum, strictly enforced.
- Presentations are to be spoken words (e.g. no poems, raps or songs)
Judging & Scoring
Participants will be judged on communication style, comprehension, and engagement. Each of the criteria has equal weight.
- Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
- Did the speaker use sufficient eye contact and vocal range, maintain a steady pace, and a confident stance?
- Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology that needed to be used, and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
- Did the speaker spend the right amount of time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long or were they rushed?
- Did the PowerPoint slide enhance, rather than detract, from their presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?
- Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
- Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and aims of the research?
- Was the significance of the presenter's research clearly outlined?
- Did the presentation follow a logical sequence?
- Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
- Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or 'dumb-down' the research?
- Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
- Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
The judges will review the submissions over the period of September 20 – 24 and the results of the competition will be released the following week. All 3MP participants will be competing for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and People’s Choice prizes.
- Simon Clews (University of Melbourne) has prepared a helpful guide on preparing for the Three Minute Thesis Competition
- Jackie Amsden (Simon Fraser University) discusses how narrative frameworks can help grad students effectively tell their research story
- Matt Abrahams (Stanford University) provides Tips and Techniques for More Confident and Compelling Presentations
- Matt Abrahams (Stanford University) podcast Think Fast, Talk Smart: advice for impromptu speaking
- Anett Grant (Executive Speaking) addresses Six Pieces of Bad Speaking Advice That Just Won’t Die
- Inger Mewburn (RMIT University) developed How to Talk About Your Thesis in 3 Minutes
- Ontario Consortium for Graduate Professional Skills posted 6 Components of Successful 3MT Speeches (video)
- 2021 Western Regional Three Minute Thesis ( 3MT®) hosted by Athabasca University (virtual)
Monday, August 30th 2021
- Your name,
- Department, and
- The tentative title of your presentation.
Thursday, September 10th 2021
Once registered, participants are encouraged to use USask's OneDrive to send us a secure link to where we can download your video and slide.