The 2014 Concordia 3MT Competition will be held on Friday, April 4 from 13h30 to 16h00 in the deSeve Cinema, beside the atrium in the Library Building - 1460 de Maissonneuve West. Join us to celebrate graduate research at Concordia!
Can you distill your research down to its simplest level? What is the driving motivation behind what you do?
In the "real world", answers to these questions help shape first impressions. You may be asked by a relative, a stranger at a social event, a prospective employer in an interview, or an examiner at your thesis defense. In situations where a students' career might depend upon being able to deliver a concise explanation of what they do – the 3MT contest becomes very helpful in developing key communication skills.
The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT™) is a presentation contest held annually at universities across the world where students have the opportunity to explain their research topic in easy to understand terms to a diverse non-specialist audience. Each student is to present a clear, concise, yet engaging presentation of their research project in a total of 3 minutes. The principle of the competition is very simple; students (only masters level and PhD candidates who are currently enrolled at Concordia University are eligible to participate), have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.
The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) is an academic presentation contest where students have the opportunity to explain their research topic in easy to understand terms to a diverse non-specialist audience. Intended to help graduate students develop effective presentation and communication skills, 3MT requires participants to explain the breadth and significance of their research projects to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. They can use only one slide, and can't use any electronic media or props.
The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) was created by the University of Queensland, which was introduced in 2008 and is now happening annually. In 2010, The University of Queensland hosted the Inaugural Australia and New Zealand 3MT competition – 33 universities competed in that competition, representing over 50,000 PhD and Master of Philosophy students.
In 2012, Concordia University joined the 3MT family, and held its first-ever Three Minute Thesis Competition. Concordia is the first university from Quebec to hold an official 3MT event. Since 2012, universities across Canada have hosted 3MT competitions. In 2014, the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies will host the nationwide competition for English presenters and ACFAS will host the nationwide competition for French presenters.
To be able to participate in 3MT, you must be a near-completion masters level or PhD candidates from Concordia University in good standing. Students must not have graduated prior to March 1st of the current competition year.
Presentations must be based on research directly related to the student's thesis – research related to past or current employment should not be presented.
The key elements of the 3 Minute Thesis pitch are:
1. What is the problem that you have identified?
2. How does your research contribute to the solution of this problem?
3. What do you need (people, resources, money) to bring your solution to reality?
- Presentations will be limited to 3 minutes maximum. Competitors exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified.
- A single PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions are permitted).
- No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
- No additional props (e.g. costumes or instruments) are permitted.
- The decision of the adjudicating panel will be final.
Two separate contests will be held: one for master program students, and another for PhD students.
During the final competition judges will assess ideas according to the criteria below.
Communication style: Was the thesis topic and significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience? For example did the title of the talk give a clear picture of the topic and its importance? Were all technical or specialist words clearly explained for a non-specialist audience? Was the communication style clear enough so that any intelligent person could now sum up the topic and its significance?
Comprehension: Did the presentation help the audience to understand the research? For example did the speaker deliver their presentation at an appropriate pace? Was there a storyline that helped the audience understand the research problem, its importance and how the research would or did address that problem? Did the PowerPoint slide help the audience better understand the topic and its significance?
Engagement: Did the oration make the audience want to know more? For example did the speaker engage the audience with eye contact? Did the speaker engage interest in the problem being researched? Would you now like to join this research for further discussion about their work?
What is the 3MT?
The 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia for research students. It’s a presentation contest where you get the opportunity to explain your research topic in easy to understand terms to a diverse non-specialist audience. Each contestant is to present a clear, concise, yet engaging presentation of their research project in a total of three minutes.
What are the benefits?
Promote your research to a broad audience of faculty, graduate/undergraduate students and the general public
Learn how to explain your complex ideas in simple and understandable terms
Develop a winning research pitch with the support of professional communication experts
Meet and network with other graduate researchers
How does it work?
Students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their project/thesis topic and its significance, in language appropriate to an intelligent, non-specialist audience. The 3MT competition is designed to encourage graduate researchers to develop their communication skills while sharing their research with others. The only support material allowed is a single non-animated PowerPoint slide.
Competition Details: Friday, April 10th
9:00 to 10:30 Heat 1
10:45 to 12:15 Heat 2
12:30 to 14:00 Heat 3
14:15 to 15:45 Heat 4
16:30 to 17:30 Finals
17:30 to 18:30 Wine and Cheese Reception
Doctoral and Master winners - $750 conference travel grant
People's Choice - $250 Bookstore Gift Certificate
First Runner Up - PhD and MA - $100 Bookstore Gift Certificate
Represent Concordia and Regional and National Competitions
**Top presentation in French - Competes in 82e Congrès de l'Acfas May Dates to be confirmed
**Top presentation at Eastern Regional Canadian Association of Graduate Studies Competition, in April (date and location to be confirmed)
Visit the coaching page (next tab) for tips on how to prepare your presentation.
Regstration Deadline Friday, March 6, 2015:
2015 Concordia 3MT Competition Registration Form
* Please complete all fields. All registered participants will be required to participate in an individual coaching session scheduled over March.
The 2015 Concordia 3MT Competition will be held on Friday, April 10. Heats will be held from 9h00 to 15h30 in the deSeve Cinema, beside the atrium in the Library Building - 1460 de Maissonneuve West. The Finals will be held in H110 at 16h30. Join us to celebrate graduate research at Concordia!
How will I get ready?
3MT Presentation CoachesGradProSkills has partnered with the Montreal Chapter of the International Associaton of Business Communicators to coach participants in our 3MT contest.
Scott Cross launched into writing and producing TV news with five years in the trenches writing and producing daily newscasts and five years in Executive Producer roles in Denver and Minneapolis supervising the producer staffs, leading special/new program creation, and launching two stations’ initial web sites. Since then, he transitioned into corporate communications/marketing for job stability. Scott is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Alain Legault has since August 2011 held the post of Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Government Relations at Collège Édouard-Montpetit, the largest francophone CEGEP in Quebec. Mr. Legault has over 10 years of strategic communication experience within government, union and business sectors. He received a BA in Political Science from McGill, and an MA in Communications from UQAM and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in communications at the University of Montreal.
|Potential participants can attend one of the following information sessions:|
|November 6 and 19|
|2015 Concordia 3MT Information Session (GPSC405)|
|March 6, 2015||Registration Deadline|
|March 10 to April 3||Coaching Sessions including professional sessions|
|April 10||3MT HEATS - 9h00 to 15h30|
|April 10||Final Competition at 16h30|
with Wine and Cheese Reception
Making the Most of Your Three Minutes
2014 Concordia 3MT Competition Registration Form
Please complete all fields. All registered participants will be required to participate in an individual coaching session scheduled the week of March 24 to 28.
In celebration of graduate research, Concordia has since 2012 hosted an annual 3 Minute Thesis competition. We have captured the winning presentation on video which are listed below by competition year, degree and prize. Congratulation to all our winners and competition participants!
Congratulations to all the Winners of the 2014 Concordia 3-Minute Thesis Competition!
Winner - Doctoral and Concordia Representative CAGS Eastern Regional Competition
Sherin Al-Safadi, Biology
Thesis Title: The Regulation Of Stress-induced Changes In The Expression Of The Circadian Clock Protein PERIOD1, In The Rat Limbic Forebrain And Hypothalamus.
3MT: Better Sleep Without Counting Sheep: PERIOD1
Runner-up Doctoral and People’s Choice Award
Gita Ghiasi Hafezi, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Title: Women In Science And Technology: The Case Of Pro-poor Applications Of Nanotechnologies
3MT: Who Is Hotter: Penny Or Amy?
Dan Parker, Educational Studies
Thesis Title: The Quebec Grade 11 Contemporary World Course and the Immediate Textbook: A Critical Discourse Analysis of How Neoliberalism and Its Discontents are Presented in High School
3MT: In Quebec High Schools, What Do We Teach About Neoliberal Policies?
Olivia Koury, Exercise Science
Thesis Title: Phenotype Shift Of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells Induced By A Low-carbohydrate Diet
3MT: Are You Dying To Fit Into Those Skinny Jeans?
Concordia Representative ACFAS 2014 Ma These 180
Martin Lalonde, PhD Art Education
Thesis Title: “Technologies Mobiles: Théories Et Pratiques Éducatives Pour L'engagement Social Et De La Motivation Scolaire Des Adolescents.
3MT Title: L'école Prend Le Tournant Mobile
Winners of 2013 Competition
Francophone (will represent Concordia at L'Acfas Congres)
Idir Guermah, PhD, Humanities
Langue et intégration : le cas des immigrants d’origine algérienne à Montréal
Contacts de langues, contacts de peoples
Doctoral Level Group
Navid Sharifi, PhD, Mechanical Engineering
Producing Superhydrophobic Coatings using Thermal Spray Processes
How Lotus leaf will save us from the next ice age!
Nassim Tabri, PhD, Psychology
University students' attachment to their social class background promotes their expectations of upward social mobility
Don't forget your roots
Kiran Vadaga, PhD, Psychology
Age-related differences in the time course of Backward inhibition
Who is better at paying attention to this 3MT presentation? You or your grandmother?
Master Level Group
Josine Lafontaine, Master, Biology
Assessing the importance of laterally acquired functional traits in the ecological diversification of aquatic bacteria
How are bacteria evolving? Why should we care?
Pierre Chuard, PhD, Biology
The effects of operational sex-ratio and predation risk on the mating competition of the Trinidadian guppy, Poecilia reticulata
Le Guppy, fier partenaire de la lutte pour la Biodiversité
Dalia Challita, M.A., Teaching of Mathematics
Providing Calculus Students with Opportunities to Engage in Theoretical Thinking
Engaging Students in Theoretical Thinking
HEAT - 1:
Maniya Agshasibeig, PhD, Mechanical Engineering
Synthesis of nanostructured platinum free electro-catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction using atmospheric and suspension plasma spraying methods.
Green your house!
HEAT - 2:
Kiran Vadaga, PhD, Psychology
Age-related differences in the time course of Backward Inhibition
Who is better at paying attention to this 3MT presentation? You or your grandmother?
2013 Competition schedule (Friday, April 12)
|9h30-12h00||HEAT 1 - Engineering, Computer Science and Physical Science domains|
|13h00-15h30||HEAT 2 - Humanities and Social Science domains|
|16h00 - 17h30||FINAL - Top 10 from each heat|
|17h30 – 18h30||Wine and Cheese reception|
- Concordia Winner PhD - Travel grant to attend a conference (3 days conference fees, transportation and accommodation - paid)
- Concordia Winner Masters - Travel grant to attend a conference (3 days conference fees, transportation and accommodation - paid)
- People’s Choice - $250 Bookstore Gift Certificate
- First Runner up – PhD and MA - $100 Bookstore Gift Certificate
- Second Runner up – PhD and MA - $100 Bookstore Gift Certificate
- Top presentation in French – Represented Concordia at l’Acfas Conference May 2-7 in Quebec City
Winners of 2012 Competition
Master Level Group:
Jonathan Feakins, Faculty of Arts and Science, Geography, Planning & Environment
Planning Like It's 2099: The Use and Distribution of Smartphone Transit. Applications in Chicago, Illinois
Planning Like It's 2099: Smartphones and Sampling
Revathi Bangalore Somanatha, Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science, Computer Science and Software Engineering
Automated keying, authentication and adjacency management for routing protocol security
Resist Rogues, Terminate Threats
Doctoral and Post Doctoral Level Group:
Mona Tajali, Faculty of Arts and Science, Humanities and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
Women's Political Representation in Iran and Turkey: An Analysis of the Obstacles and Strategies to address them
The Rise of Women in "Malestream" Politics in the Muslim World
Carole El Ayoubi, Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Film Cooling Optimization in Gas Turbine Engines
Now Leaving at Gate 6!
Thomas Bourdier, Faculty of Arts and Science, Biology
"La préservation de nos forêts face à une chenille vorace : un enjeu crucial."
Résultat de la défoliation par la tordeuse des bourgeons de l'épinette
Damien Biot-Pelletier, Faculty of Arts and Science, Biology
"Quelques leçons de levures qui mangent du bois ou Comment conduire sans s'affamer"
Carburer au bran de scie grâce à une super levure