3MT CBS College Heat (3 Minute Thesis)

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ONLINE - meeting link TBA


The 2021 virtual competition has now been launched.  The 3MT is a great opportunity to hone your communication skills, have fun, and win prizes!  Please see below for more information.  If you would like to participate, please complete a registration form and return to @Sarah Bates by Monday, March 15, 2021.  The college heat itself will take place online on Wednesday, March 31st at 12:00 pm (meeting link TBA).

How to Register:  Complete the registration form and email it to the College Research Manager (sbates@uoguelph.ca) by  Monday, March 15, 2021. 

Competition Eligibility and Rules:

  • You must be registered in a Thesis or MRP program.
  • You must present your own research that was conducted as part of your graduate program. 
  • A single, static slide is permitted (no sound or video files, etc. are allowed).
  • The three minute time is strictly enforced; participants who go over will be disqualified.

Full guidelines, rules and judging criteria are available on the OGPS website at https://www.uoguelph.ca/graduatestudies/current/3mt

Questions?  Contact sbates@uoguelph.ca 

What is the 3MT®?  The  3 Minute Thesis is a 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 about trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research but is an important and valuable exercise in how to consolidate your ideas and research discoveries to become transferable after graduation.  First established in 2008 in Australia, the 3MT has grown into a prestigious international research communication competition that cultivates students' presentation and communication skills.

How it works:  Each college will hold a heat and forward two finalists to a University-wide competition.  The CBS heat will be held Wednesday, March 31, 2021 starting at 12:00 noon.   This will be a live event where participants present their 3 minute pitch while sharing their slide with other viewers.  The two finalists will then be asked to provide their slide and a recording of themselves to Grad Studies by April 14, 2021 (note: you will be able to make changes to your talk and/or slide based on feedback from the heat; we have resources available to help you with the self-recording as well).  Grad Studies will combine your slide and video recording into one file that will be shared with the university competition judges, and a decision will be announced on May 13th.  

Still not convinced?  Grab some popcorn and check out last year's videos here.   And did we mention there are prizes?

The Prizes:  Winners of the CBS heat will receive a $250 or $150 Amazon gift card (for first and second place, respectively).  Winners of the University-wide competition will receive $1,000 (first place), $500 (second place) or $250 (third place), which will be paid against student tuition.  

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