University of Guelph 3MT® Competition
University of Guelph 3MT® Final Competition: tbd
The top two competitors from each College Heat will advance to the U of G 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, creative activity, 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 discoveries to become transferable after graduation.
For the 2019 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 McMaster University on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019.
Registration for the College Heats will be accepted by each college.
University of Guelph Competition Dates
|University of Guelph 3MT® Final Competition||tbd|
|College of Arts||tbd|
|College of Biological Science||tbd|
|College of Business and Economics||tbd|
|College of Engineering and Physical Science||tbd|
|College of Social and Applied Human Science||tbd|
|Ontario Agricultural College||tbd|
|Ontario Veterinary College||tbd|
Not sure if you should register?
Canada's 2017 3MT Champion - Shanthanu (MSc Plant Agriculture) has some advice - and three tips for creating a great presentation!
2017 U of G 3MT competitors - Chantelle and Rebecca - have some advice for you!
We will let you know when registration for 2019 begins.
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.
2019 3MT College Coordinators
|College||3MT Coordinator||Email Address|
|College of Arts||Sandra Sabatinifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|College of Biological Science||Sarah Batesemail@example.com|
|College of Business and Economics||Melinda Heijlfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|College of Engineering and Physical Science||Nicolas Déryemail@example.com|
|College of Social and Applied Human Science||Tammy Bernard-Reedfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ontario Agricultural College||Leigh Westemail@example.com|
|Ontario Veterinary College||Barbara Gaudettefirstname.lastname@example.org|
College Heat Registration Deadlines
|College of Arts||TBD|
|College of Biological Science||TBD|
|College of Business and Economics||TBD|
|College of Engineering and Physical Science||TBD|
|College of Social and Applied Human Science||TBD|
|Ontario Agricultural College||TBD|
|Ontario Veterinary College||TBD|
Charles (Chuck) Cunningham, Assistant VP Communications and Public Affairs, University of Guelph
Chuck joined the University of Guelph in 1987 and was responsible for directing the University's highly successful student recruitment program. Over the next several years, he held a variety of positions within the Registrarial Services, and is now the Assistant Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs. Chuck has been active in a variety of professional and community activities over the years, where he and his team have received a number of national and international awards for their marketing initiatives in higher education. We look forward to having him again as he continues his streak as a University of Guelph Three Minute Thesis judge in 2018!
Lisa Richards, Morning Radio Show Host at Magic 106.1 FM in Guelph
Growing up in Kitchener, Lisa began her radiobroadcasting career during her high school years. Today, Lisa hosts a full-time Morning Radio Show at Magic 106.1 FM in Guelph. As a true community leader, Lisa hosts and attends local charities and events across our community and has been proudly part of the community for 20 years. We are very excited that Lisa is returning in 2018, after being a judge in last year's 3MT competition!
John Osborne, Guelph Fire Chief
Fire Chief John Osborne has spent more than 27 years with the city's fire department while also serving as the fire chief of Guelph Eramosa Township. In 2016, Osborne became the new Chief of Guelph Fire Department. Playing a important role in our community, Osborne is another incredible community leader and we look forward to having him join us for his first year as a University of Guelph Three Minute Thesis judge!
Police Chief Jeff DeRuyter
Chief DeRuyter started his policing career in Guelph in 1984 after graduating from Mohawk College, and has held a number of progressively responsible positions. Chief DeRuyter is on the Board of the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition and Connectivity Table, is a proud supporter and spokesperson for the Special Olympics, and is an incredible leader in our community. We are very excited to have DeRuyter as a 3MT judge for a second consecutive year!
- To participate in 3MT® students must currently be registered in a Masters (thesis or MRP 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)
2018 University of Guelph 3MT® Winners:
1st Place: Jenny Liu, Ontario Agricultural College – Modelling an Invasive Species
Watch Jenny Liu at the 2018 University of Guelph 3MT Campus Finals.
2nd Place: Adam Faller , College of Biological Sciences – Natural Health Product Safety: What's in my tea?
3rd Place & Community Choice Winner: Eamonn Corrigan, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences – Tidal Interactions in Compact Binaries Probing the Fundamental Nature of Gravity
2017 University of Guelph 3MT® Winners:
1st Place: Shanthanu KrishnaKumar, OAC - Enhancing Shelf Life of Fruit Using Hexanal
Watch his presentation at the Ontario 3MT Competition.
On April 12th, 2017 Shanthanu represented the University of Guelph at the Ontario 3MT® competition at the University of Waterloo. Shanthanu placed in the top 5 and moved on to the National Competition. At the National Competition, Shanthanu won both First Place and the People's Choice award - the first time in Canadian 3MT history that the national competition awarded both top prizes to one person. Congratulations Shanthanu on this incredible accomplishment.
2nd Place: Alicia Dobbs, OAC - Taste Perception and Preference of Dairy Calves
Watch her presentation at the 2017 University of Guelph 3MT Campus Finals.
3rd Place: Alanna Whinton, CBS - Getting the Kick Outta Creatine
Watch her presentation at the 2017 University of Guelph 3MT Campus Finals.
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. 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). 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.