The USask 3MP is a university-wide friendly competition where competitors have 1 static slide and 3 minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their postdoctoral research to a non-specialist audience and showcase their research to a broad and diverse audience.
This event is modelled after the UBC 3-Minute Postdoc Slam and the Three Minute Thesis event (with a few adjustments). Three Minute Thesis originated at the University of Queensland in 2008.
2023 Winners Circle
Dr. Rima Siauciunaite
Dr. Maryam Nikbaht Nasrabadi
Second Place & People's Choice
Dr. Ebrahim Asadi
|1st Place: Rima Siauciunaite
|2nd Place: Maryam Nikbakht Nasrabadi
|3rd Place: Ebrahim Asadi
|People's Choice: Maryam Nikbakht Nasrabadi
|1st Place: Ornwipa Thamsuwan
|2nd Place: Alessandro Malusà
|3rd Place: Edel Pérez-López
How does it work?
- All active USask Postdoctoral Scholars are eligible to participate in the 3MP
- There is no limit to the number of participants/registrants
- Presentations must be based on research that is directly related to your postdoctoral work on campus
Registering is simple – just fill in the short online entry form and submit it by 12:00 PM on January 30th.
- Presenters must register for the event and be able to submit their video and PowerPoint slide by February 6th
- 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
- Video’s will be paired with the slides and will be posted online from February 13 – 17, 2023
- 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
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Competitors will be required to prepare and submit a video and separate PowerPoint slide according to the following guidelines:
- Presenters are allowed a single static PowerPoint slide; 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)l
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
Competitors wil be judged based on two criteria:
|Comprehension and Content
|Engagement and Communication
Competitors will be competing for the following prizes:
- 1st Place: Prize pack valued at $100, AND the opportunity to present your 3MP in-person at the Western Regional 3MT® competition in May 2023
- 2nd Place: Prize pack valued at $50, AND the opportunity to present your 3MP in-person at the local USask 3MT® Finals in April 2023
- 3rd Place: Prize pack valued at $25
- People’s Choice: Prize pack valued at $25
- 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
- Henry Miller (UT Health San Antonio) shares 11 Tips For The 3 Minute Thesis Competition
- Canadian Association for Graduate Studies CAGS) – The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) in Canada