University of Guelph 3MT® Competition
University of Guelph 3MT® Final Competition: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
The top two competitors from each College will advance to the Final Competition. Please see below for more information on 3MT®, rules and regulations, College Heat details, and more.
3MT® is a university wide competition for graduate students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way, using only one slide.
3MT® is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries to become transferable after graduation.
For the 2017 3MT® Competition, each college will hold a competition in order to decide upon two finalists who will advance to the University of Guelph 3MT® Final Competition. The public is invited to cheer on the contestants in both the college heats and the final competition.
The winner of the University of Guelph 3MT® competition will move on to represent the University at the provincial competition hosted by the University of Waterloo on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017.
Registrations will be accepted by each college.
University of Guelph Competition Dates
|University of Guelph 3MT® Final Competition||March 28, 2017||1:00 - 5:00 pm||University Centre, UC442|
|College of Arts||Fri, March 3, 2017||11:30pm||MacKinnon 132|
|College of Biological Science||Tues, March 7, 2017||1:30pm||SCI 1511|
|College of Business and Economics||Fri, March 3, 2017||10am - 12:30pm||Mac Hall 218|
|College of Physical and Engineering Science||Wed, March 1. 2017||12:00pm (Noon)||SCI 1511|
|College of Social and Applied Human Science||Mon, March 6, 2017||1:30p - 4:30p||Macdonald Institute, RM 129|
|Ontario Agricultural College||Tues, March 7, 2017||TBA||Johnston Hall Boardroom|
|Ontario Veterinary College||Thurs, March 2, 2017||9am - 10:30am||1713, LifeTime Learning Centre|
Registration for the 2017 3MT College Heats is now open! See below for a step-by-step instruction on how to register:
1) Complete the 3MT Registration and Participation Waiver form
2) Email the completed form to your college's 3MT Coordinator (see below)
3) Begin planning your 3MT presentation!
*Registration deadlines are set by each College - please contact your College's 3MT Coordinator for more information.
2017 3MT College Coordinators
|College||3MT Coordinator||Email Address|
|College of Arts||Sandra Sabatiniemail@example.com|
|College of Biological Science||Sarah Batesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|College of Business and Economics||Diane Dobbinsemail@example.com|
|College of Physical and Engineering Science||Kate Mooibroekfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|College of Social and Applied Human Science||Petrina Aberdeenemail@example.com|
|Ontario Agricultural College||Leigh Westfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ontario Veterinary College||Nancy Johnsonemail@example.com|
2017 3MT® Judges:
Mary is a native of PEI and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology as well as a law degree from Western University. She been at the University of Guelph since 1998. Since 2006, she has been the University’s legal counsel. As such she has contact with many of the University’s community on a wide variety of issues. Mary enjoys her work and life here at the University of Guelph and loves the sense of community that is central to the University. Mary has previously been a judge in the 3MT competition and always comes away relieved that she gets to sit in the audience rather than being on stage.
Police Chief Jeff DeRuyter
Jeff DeRuyter started his policing career in Guelph in 1984 after graduating from Mohawk College. He has worked in Uniform Patrol, the Traffic Division, Youth Office, and in Criminal Investigations as a General Investigator, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Investigator, and as a Case Manager. In 2009 Jeff received the Service Award for Geriatric Excellence for his work with seniors.
In 2009 he was promoted to Inspector and placed in charge of Professional Standards. In 2011 he was assigned as Inspector in charge of Neighbourhood Services Patrol. Jeff was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2012. In September 2014 Chief DeRuyter was appointed as Interim Chief of Police and was confirmed as the 13th Chief of the Guelph Police in March 2015.
Chief DeRuyter is on the Board of the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition and Connectivity Table and is a proud supporter of Special Olympics and our community.
Chief DeRuyter is a member of the Ontario, Canadian and International Associations of Chiefs of Police and is the recipient of the Police Exemplary Medal.
3MT® is not an exercise in trivialising or ‘dumbing-down’ research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries to become transferable after graduation.
To participate in 3MT® students must currently be registered in a Masters (thesis only) or PhD program at the University of Guelph and have made substantial progress on their research and analysis.
PhD and Masters students who have defended but have not yet graduated are eligible to participate.
Presentations must be based on research that is directly related to the student’s graduate program thesis.
Presenters must agree to be video-taped
- A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
- No additional electronic media are permitted (e.g. sound and video files).
- No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
- Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
- Presentations are to be spoken word (eg. no poems, raps or songs).
- Presentations must be made by memory; notes may not be used.
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
1. Communication style:
Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
Did the speaker use sufficient eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and a confident stance?
Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology that needed to be used, and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
Did the presenter spend the right amount of time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long or were rushed?
Did the PowerPoint slide enhance, rather than detract from, their presentation – was it clear, legible and concise?
Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and aims of research?
Do you know what is significant about this research?
Did the presentation follow a logical sequence?
Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or ‘dumb down’ their research?
Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their work?
Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
Would I like to know more about the speaker’s research?
Schedule and Registration: to be announced
First Prize: $1000 (to be paid against tuition)
Runner Up: $500 (to be paid against tuition)
Third Prize: $250 (to be paid against tuition)
2016 University of Guelph 3MT® Winners:
1st Place: Peter Park, OAC - "Pig-Tacs"; Delivering Fresh, Healthy and Ethical Pork through Diet
2nd Place: Emma Louth, OVC - Attention Deficits Associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
3rd Place: Kaitlin Roke, CBS - Gone Fishing: Omega-3 Fats and our DNA
On April 14th, 2016 Peter Park represented the University of Guelph at the Ontario3MT® competition at Wilfrid Laurier University. Peter is pictured below with Rob Barker of the Tragically Hip! Congratulations Peter on a good showing.
2015 University of Guelph Competition Winners:
First Place: Meghan Yip, CBS - Can we use the skin of our feet for better balance?
Second Place: Ricki Rathwell, OAC - Propagation and Preservation of Cherry Birch
Third Place: Beryl Chung, OVC - Let’s talk – neurotransmitter and nicotinic receptor communication during brain development
Congratulations to Meghan Yip who won 1st place at provincial competition hosted by Western University on April 23rd, 2015 while representing the University of Guelph.
Meghan went on to represent the province and the University of Guelph at the National 3- Minute Thesis Competition held by the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS). Check out her presentation. Well done Meghan!
2014 University of Guelph Competition Winners:
First Place: Andrea Hitchon, OAC - Transgenic crops-the future of Insect management?
Second Place: Sunil V. Ram, CSAHS - War! How Public Policy is Predicated on False or Misrepresented Ideas
Third Place: Emily Moeller, OAC - How to Make a Better Plant - Fast!
Congratulations to Andrea Hitchon who represented the University of Guelph on April 24th, 2014 at the Ontario 3MT® hosted by McMaster University!
2013 University of Guelph 3MT® Winners:
1st Place: Mary Anne Smith, OAC - Bridging the Gap between Science and Policy
2nd Place: Krista Mitchnick, CSAHS - Where did I put my keys? An epigenetic hypothesis
3rd Place: Christian Danve M. Castroverde, CBS - Tomato resistance genes: Harnessing the plant's self-defence
On April 18th, 2013 Mary Anne Smith and Krista Mitchnick flawlessly represented the University of Guelph at the Ontario3MT® competition. With 34 competitor's in total from 16 Ontario University's the competition was an excellence showcase of the vast area's of research from across the province. Congratulations to University of Toronto for placing both 1st and 2nd, and to University of Waterloo for placing 3rd. Thank you to Queen's for their excellent organization and hospitality.