About

The first 3MT® took place in 2008 at the University of Queensland, Australia, and has since grown to become an international academic competition. 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.

For nearly ten years, the Graduate Student Association, sponsored in part by the College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, hosted USask’s 3MT® competition every spring. The 3MT® communication competition challenges students to translate their research and its impact to an audience of non-specialists in just 3 minutes using only one static slide. This competition helps graduate students develop essential communication skills which are transferable for many purposes:

  • Funding proposals
  • Transitioning into employment
  • Generating interest in, awareness of and support for academic research
  • Communicating with confidence and clarity to diverse audiences

The College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies assumed responsibility (in 2013) for USask’s 3MT allowing the GSA to focus on its advocacy of its members in pursuit of a safe, supportive, respectful, accessible, and inclusive community that fosters the multi-faceted roles played by graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan. Visit #GSA for more information.

2024 Competition Schedule

Workshops

3MT Prep, 3 Ways! Engaging in a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) workshop can significantly enhance one's ability to deliver an impactful and concise presentation. These workshops offer invaluable guidance, equipping participants with the skills necessary to distill complex research into a brief, compelling narrative. Through tailored coaching, participants learn to refine their communication techniques, structure their content effectively, and craft a captivating story that resonates with diverse audiences. 

3MT Deconstruction 

THORV 118 
Jan 29 @ 3PM

with writing specialist
Jill McMillan, University Library

Register

What's Your Hook

THORV 118
Feb 5 @ 3PM

with Erin Kulhawy, Innovation Mobilization & Partnership 
Opus | Incubating USask Startups

Register

The Narrative

THORV 118
Feb 12 @ 3PM

with writing specialist
Jill McMillan, University Library

Register

MT180 (3MT in French)

Through a partnership with USask's French-speaking students, mentors, the University of Regina and Acfas, registration is now open for graduate students who wish to compete in the MT180. For details on how to participate in the MT180 visit Acfas-Saskatchewan.

Registration Deadline

March 9, 2024 

Virtual Preliminaries

Crafting a compelling 3MT entry requires finesse, merging scholarly depth with clarity for a diverse audience. It entails condensing months or years of rigorous study into a three-minute pitch, highlighting the significance and impact of one's research. 

Submission Deadline

March 19, 2024 

Entry Form

Finals

From elucidating the problem statement to outlining methodology and results, finalists must captivate a lay audience while showcasing the innovation and relevance of their work. This process not only hones communication skills but also fosters an appreciation for the essence of concise and impactful storytelling in academia, preparing scholars for broader dissemination of their research beyond the confines of their field.

Up to 15 top presentations from the preliminary round will be selected to compete in the finals. Is your department (or school) holding a 3MT? This could be your automatic qualifier to compete in the finals. Contact us to find out more.

Quance Theatre

EDUC 1003
April 11, 2024

 

80,000 

That’s how many words are in a typical PhD thesis.
Years of gruelling research, sleepless nights, and
history-making breakthroughs. Presenting something
of this scale would take approximately nine hours.
3MT competitors do it in 3 minutes.

Fine Print

  • All USask Master's and PhD thesis-based graduate students are eligible to participate.
  • A student whose thesis is under submission on the date of their first competition is still eligible to compete.
  • Presenters must register for the event and be able to present in person.
  • One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted.
  • No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are permitted.
  • Your slide is to be presented from the beginning of your oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.

Suggestions,

  • Less is more: text and complicated graphics can distract your audience – you don’t want them to read your slide instead of listening to your talk.
  • Personal touches: personal touches can allow your audience to understand the impact of your research.
  • Creativity drives interest: do not rely on your slide to convey your message – it should simply complement your oration.
  • Work your message: think about how your slide might be able to assist with the format and delivery of your presentation – is there a metaphor that helps explain your research?
  • An engaging visual presentation can make or break any oration, so make sure your slide is legible, clear and concise.

Submitting a recording for the virtual 3MT competition? Follow these steps:

1. Submit a recording of you speaking (no slide) | one file

Filmed on the horizontal
Filmed on a plain background
Filmed from a static position
Filmed from one camera angle
MP4 video format is preferred. Instructions on how to submit your video file will be sent to you after you complete the registration form.

2. Submit your 3MT slide | one file


Send only 1 static slide using 16:9 .pptx format then convert that to a .jpeg.
Do not include a title slide
Include this file with your registration form


Our team puts the two files together (the recording and the slide) once submitted to ensure a standardized format for every entry. 

The judging panel for the virtual preliminaries is selected from campus faculty/staff and students who have a communications background and/or previous winners of research poster competitions. They will be selecting up to 15 of the highest calibre talks to move forward to the finals on April 11th.

Of the 15 presenters selected each will receive a certificate of participation and a brief feedback summary.

 

[info coming soon]

Each recipient will receive a certificate of participation and a swag bag.

  1. Presenters are allowed a single PowerPoint slide; no slide transitions, no animations or movement' of any kind, the slide is presented from the beginning and for the duration of the presentation.
  2. No additional electronic media (ex: sound or video files) are permitted.
  3. No additional props (ex: costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  4. Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum; presentations running over 3 minutes will be disqualified.
  5. Presentations are limited to spoken word (ex: no poems, raps, or songs).
  6. Presentations are to commence from the stage (ex: no dramatic entrances).
  7. Presentations are considered to have commenced when the presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  8. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

The competitors will be judged based on two criteria:

Comprehension and Content Engagement and Communication
  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question and its significance?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Was the presentation clear and logical?
  • Was the language used appropriately for a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the presenter make good use of the three-minute allotment? Or did the
    presentation feel rushed?
  • Did the oration make the audience want to learn more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to generalize their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain the audience's attention?
  • Did the presenter have sufficient stage presence, eye contact, and vocal range?
  • Did the presenter maintain a steady pace and confident stance?
  • Did the static slide enhance the presentation? Was it clear, legible, and concise?
  • First place - $1,500
First place will represent USask (expenses paid by the College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies) at the Western Regional competition. 
  • Second place - $750
  • Third place - $500
  • People's Choice - $250

All competitors must complete these forms and include them with their registration details.

  • At the high point, the 3MT Finals event page (2023) had 2.3K views and an event count (scrolls) on the page of 7.2K.
  • The People’s Choice voting had over 2000 active hits with more than 919 actual votes placed from unique IP addresses.
  • The live stream captured ~ 508 active watchers from across the globe. The heatmap below is a snapshot of where folks tuned in from.

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Archives

2023

USask Finals


1st Place:  Narsimha Pujari

2nd Place:  Shaheli Senanayake

3rd Place:  Hemlata Gautam

People's Choice:  Michele Monroy-Valle

2022

USask Finals


1st Place:  Antonia Powell
1st Place Western Regionals & Invited National Showcase Guest

2nd Place:  Gaurav Malik

3rd Place:  Tumpa Sarker

Honourable Mention:  Kaylie Krys

2021

USask Finals


1st Place:  Ahmad Karimi

2nd Place:  Kayla Cropper

3rd Place:  Alivia Mukherjee

Honourable Mention:  Ninu Kallingal Mohandas

2020

USask Finals


1st Place: Shaunti Bergen

2nd Place: Farzad Dehghan

3rd Place: Christopher Mahadeo

Honourable Mention: Edgar Martinez-Soberanes

2019

USask Finals


1st Place: Farzad Dehghan

2nd Place: Miranda Zwiefelhofer

3rd Place: Nicholas A. Belliveau

People’s Choice: Miranda Zwiefelhofer

Honourable Mention: Alivia Mukherjee

2018

USask Finals


1st Place: Roland Macana

2nd Place: Sajna Simon

3rd Place: Adesola Olufade

Honourable Mentions:

  • Brittney Lins
  • Mays Al-Dulaym
  • iVedashree Meher