Heats will be hosted by each Faculty. Some faculties are grouped together based on historic participation rates. Please register under your corresponding Faculty. Registration will close one week before your faculty heat date listed below. There will be no exceptions for missed deadlines.
Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Arts and Humanities Building (AHB), Room #1B06
Last Day to Register: Friday, March 10, 2017
Click your Faculty name below.
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Spencer Engineering Building (SEB) Room #1059
Last Day to Register: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Somerville House (SH), The Great Hall
Last Day to Register: Wednesday March 22, 2017
Date: Monday, March 20, 2017
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Health Sciences Addition (HSA), Room #H101
*NEW for 2017*
Schulich will be hosting a pre-heat on Monday, March 13. The pre-heat will take place from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Medical Sciences Building, Room# 148.
The top 10 students from this pre-heat will be invited to participate in the Faculty heat on Monday, March 20. The top 10 students MUST register and upload their slide using the "Register Now!" link below by Friday, March 17, 2017 at 12:00 noon.
Last Day to Register: Friday, March 17, 2017
Faculty Coordinator: Janelle Cobban
Date: Monday, March 6, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB), Room #100
Last Day to Register: Monday, February 27, 2017
The top 20 students from our six heats will present in the final competition on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in the Davenport Theatre, Talbot College at 10:00 a.m. A lunch reception for all 3MT participants and guests will follow in the atrium of the International and Graduate Affairs Building.
The first-place winner from Western's final will attend 3MT Ontario 2017 taking place at the University of Waterloo on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
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.
2016 Winners: (from left) Jessica Blom, third place; Thea Knowles, first place; and Ajay Rajaram, second place.
The Teaching Support Centre is pleased to offer workshops to help students prepare for the 2017 competition.
This session will review the major components of good presentation skills and 3MT. It will also provide participants with an opportunity to practice their 3MTs, and receive feedback on their presentations. This workshop is offered for 3MT preparation by Engineering and Physics Lead TAs.
DATE: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
TIME: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SEB 1059, SEB 2099, SEB 2100
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 in the atrium of the International and Graduate Affairs Building on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. 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 are acceptable, however this option may detract from the delivery of the 3MT and is not recommended.
Unfortunately, all scoring is confidential and not provided to participants. Many judges make comments on their judging sheets, and you can email your faculty contact 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.
Questions regarding this event can be directed to Mark Wolfe.