What is 3MT®?

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition was developed by the University of Queensland in 2008. The competition challenges higher-degree research students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a general audience. 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystallize their research discoveries.

Since 2011 the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in over 200 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide.

4,630

Is the number of USask graduate students who are eligible to participate in the local 3MT competition hosted by the Graduate Student's Association to qualify for the Western Regionals; the winning competitor goes on to represent Canada at the National competition hosted by the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies.

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Western Regional 3MT® Competition

USask's Antonia Powell receives 1st place representing USask at the
Western Regional 3MT® competition.

Read Antonia's story here

 

 

 

Tips for success

For grad students, from a grad student: 3 tips for communicating your research

The ability to communicate your research in an effective and compelling way is key for any grad student. But how do you take your presentation skills to the next level? This year’s Western Canadian Three Minute Thesis champion, Antonia Powell, has three tips to help you bring a bit more life to your research.

Antonia is currently a USask grad student pursuing her Master of Science in Applied Microbiology. Supervised by Dr. Vladimir Vujanovic, Antonia’s research is through the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, within the Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences.

Antonia’s impeccable story-telling abilities combined with her broad knowledge of mycoparasites earned her the top spot in the 2022 Western Regional Three Minute Pitch Competition, hosted by the University of Winnipeg earlier this year. To learn more about the competition, read her full story.

Check out Antonia’s tips for improving your own presentation skills!

 

  1. Tell a story.

 

Engage your audience with more than just the facts and figures. “Not one, but all of my professors would reiterate the importance of telling a clear story, whether it is for a term paper, an elevator pitch, a brief talk, or presenting your work,” says Powell.

 

Regardless of who you’re talking to, they can understand your research better if they can follow along with the journey of how you got there. Give this tip a try with your own research by creating a clear outline of a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end.

 

  1. Take advantage of resources.

 

When it comes to communication, there’s always room for improvement. Powell’s advice? “I would suggest to any student looking to improve their presentation and communication skills to make use of the resources available at the university.”

 

USask offers resources for grad students through the University Library, Career Services, the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning, and even the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ own Grad Hub.

 

  1. Practice, practice, practice!

 

The key to improving any skill is to simply do it more often. Powell suggests reaching out to new audiences and always looking for opportunities to present your research, “Listen and learn techniques of what to do and what not to do from others who are great presenters.”

 

Practice telling your story to friends, family, lab mates, and colleagues. Consider presenting your research at local competitions hosted by your college or the GSA. Keep an eye out for upcoming conferences and seminars by following on social media, like on the CGPS Twitter and Facebook pages.

National 3MT® Competition

 The first 3MT® competition to be held in Canada took place at the University of British Columbia in 2011, and in 2014 the first national 3MT® competition was held. Today, dozens of Canadian universities and research institutes host annual competitions, with winners moving on to one of three regional competitions before competing in the National 3MT Showcase hosted by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) in November 2022.

2022 Eastern Regional

  • University of New Brunswick
  • Date: Thursday, 16 June 2022 (virtual)
  • Contact: Sasha Mullally
  • Email: sasham@unb.ca

2022 Western Regional

  • University of Winnipeg
  • Date: Friday, 6 May 2022 (in-person)
  • Contact: Carolyn Garland
  • Email: c.garland@uwinnipeg.ca

2022 Ontario Regional

  • University of Guelph
  • Date: Wednesday, 4 May 2022 (in-person)
  • Contact: Ben Bradshaw
  • Email: parkesj@uoguelph.ca 

 

2022 National 3MT Showcase:

To be held in a hybrid format as part of the 60th Annual CAGS Conference
1-3 November 2022 (Le Centre Sheraton Hotel, Montreal)
Live in-person and virtual performances will include the winners of the three regional competitions.