3MT - Three Minute Thesis
Faculty Heat Schedule 2019
Select Your Faculty and REGISTER Below
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 1, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: International and Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB), Room #1N05
Last Day to Register: Friday, February 22, 2019
PLEASE REGISTER BY CLICKING ON YOUR FACULTY NAME BELOW:
Associate Dean Arts and Humanities: Melitta Adamson
Associate Dean Education: Pam Bishop
Associate Dean FIMS: Pam McKenzie
Associate Dean Ivey: Stephan Vachon
Associate Dean Law: Michael Coyle
Associate Dean Music: Catherine Nolan
Associate Dean Social Science: Jamie Baxter
Date: Monday, January 21, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: ACEB, Room #1420
Last Day to Register: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
FACULTY HEAT COORDINATOR: Karen McDonald
Associate Dean: Kamran Siddiqui
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Location: Somerville House (SH), The Garden, Room #3320
Last Day to Register: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Associate Dean: Ruth Martin
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Physics and Astronomy Building (PAB), Room #100
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
FACULTY HEAT COORDINATOR: Stephanie Attardi
Associate Dean Schulich: Susanne Schmid
Associate Dean Science: Jisuo Jin
- Planning Guide: a detailed guide to help you plan your event.
- Name randomizer: a useful tool to create a random order for your faculty heat.
- Powerpoint slide template: note that all student slides MUST BE in 16:9 screen format. Alternative aspect ratios WILL NOT be accepted.
- Judging Sheet template: use up to 10 participants per page. For additional participants, click the tabs at the bottom of the excel file and print more pages. NOTE: Please also print this instructional COVER PAGE for your judges to go with the excel spreadsheet. This cover page gives important details to the judges so they know exactly what they are evaluating.
- Timer: a three-minute timer in mp4 video format. Right-click to "save as" to your local computer.
- Logo: the official 3MT logo to use wherever needed.
- Slideshow banner 880x300 and Slideshow banner 700x300: a web banner for your program's home page. Choose the ratio that works best for you, and link it here: http://grad.uwo.ca/3mt
- VISIX 16x9 and VISIX 4x3: high-resolution images in png format for your program/department/faculty screens.
- Poster: a printable 8.5" x 11" poster to display in your departments.
What is 3MT?
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 must be based on research that is directly related to the student’s graduate program thesis, major research paper, or dissertation.
- PhD and Master’s students who have defended but have not yet graduated are eligible to participate.
- Presenters must be available to present, in person, on the day of their heat, and must also be available to present, in person, at the 3MT final at the Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library (Central branch) on Thursday, March 21, 2019.
- A single, static 16:9 PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description).
- No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
- No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
- No laser pointers are permitted.
- Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs) in English.
- Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified; likewise, presentations that are significantly shorter than three minutes will be penalized.
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final; scores are never disclosed to the participants.
Presentations will be judged on the basis of three criteria:
- Did the presenter use language and terminology that was clear and understandable?
- Was the pace of the talk effective?
- Did the presenter use non-verbal communication (i.e. eye contact, voice modulation, body language, etc.) effectively?
- Did the slide enhance, rather than detract from, the talk – was it clear, legible, and concise?
- Did the talk help you to understand the scholarly research and creativity?
- Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and purpose of the scholarly research and creativity?
- Did the presenter clearly indicate what is interesting about the scholarly research and creativity?
- Did the talk follow a logical sequence?
- Was the talk engaging?
- Did the talk inspire you to want to know more?
- Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their work?
- Did the presenter capture and maintain your attention?
Prizes will be distributed at the 3MT Reception at the Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library (Central branch) on Thursday, March 21, 2019. 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.
- 1st place: $1,000
- 2nd place: $500
- 3rd place: $250
Inspiration for Student Participants
Presentation by Paul Schmidt, Associate Director, Writing Support Centre, Western University
Joanna Quinn, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Science
Maxwell Smith, Assistant Professor, School of Health Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences
Jonathan De Souza, Assistant Professor, Don Wright Faculty of Music
Aleksander Essex, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Jacquie Burkell, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Yasaman Rafat, Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Brad Urquhart, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
Gordon Osinski, Assistant Professor & Industrial Research Chair, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science
FAQs For Student Participants
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.
- 3MT: Three Tips to Help you Prepare a Great Presentation (VIDEO)
- 3MT: Three Most Common Mistakes Students Make (VIDEO)
- 10 Hints for Improving Presentations for the Three Minute Thesis Competition (.pdf)
- Making the Most of Your Three Minutes (.pdf)
- Ma thèse en 180 secondes (MT180)
Western's 2019 3MT Final:
Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Wolf Performance Hall | London Public Library (Central branch)
251 Dundas Street in downtown London
The top 20 students from our four heats will present in the final competition on Thursday, March 21, 2019 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 2019 hosted at McMaster University on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
2018 Winners: (from left) Bethany Hynes (third place - tie), Taniya Nagpal (second place), Tianqi Xie (first place), and Freda Qi (third place - tie)