The top 20 students from our six heats will present in the final competition on Thursday, April 5, 2018 in the Wolf Performance Hall | London Public Library (Central branch) at 7:00 p.m. A reception for all 3MT participants and guests will follow where we announce our top three winners.
The first-place winner from Western's final will attend 3MT Ontario 2018 taking place at York University in Toronto on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
2017 Winners: (from left) Gregory Wallace, third place; Tamara Tavares, first place; and Shane Smith, second place.
3MT (Three Minute Thesis) is a research communication competition where graduate students have 3 minutes or less to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.
The competition was developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. The first 3MT was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 graduate students competing. Enthusiasm for the 3MT concept grew and its adoption in numerous universities led to the development of an international competition in 2010. Western University was one of the first Canadian universities to host a 3MT competition in April, 2012.
This fun and challenging academic competition is an excellent opportunity for graduate students to improve their communication skills. Whether it be networking, a job application, research opportunity or scholarship application, the ability to effectively communicate complex research and its impact using open language is a valuable skill set.
Current Western graduate students may participate in 3MT:
Presentations will be judged on the basis of three criteria:
Prizes will be distributed at the 3MT Reception at the Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library (Central branch) on Thursday, April 5, 2018. All participants are encouraged to attend the final and post-competition reception to celebrate the achievements of all presenters. Cash prizes are given to assist winners in attending conferences in order to promote their research and further their academic network.
Heats take place in rooms located across the university. Some rooms have a podium, but most participants prefer to stand and move around as they present. Microphones are generally not used for the heats. For the final, all participants will be wired with either a lapel microphone, or a headset-style microphone similar to the technology used for TED Talks.
Cue cards detract from the delivery of the 3MT and are not allowed. Please memorize your presentation.
Unfortunately, all scoring is confidential and not provided to participants. Many judges make comments on their judging sheets, and you can email your faculty coordinator to receive this feedback.
The 3MT finals will be photographed and videotaped; preliminary heats may or may not be photographed or videotaped based on the needs of each faculty. All 20 participant videos will be posted on Western's 3MT Youtube Channel for all to view. London's local television station, RogersTV, is also scheduled to videotape and broadcast the event.
Yes, it is possible to make changes BEFORE your faculty heat REGISTRATION DEADLINE, no later than ONE WEEK before your heat. In the confirmation email you received when registering, you can log back into the 3MT system and simply upload a new slide. The slide that will be used will be the slide you upload closest to your faculty heat deadline.
Yes, the Western Research Forum is an annual event hosted by SOGS that traditionally takes places a few weeks prior to 3MT, with several opportunities to discuss your research in a public, non-specialist setting.