The Three Minute Thesis (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 static slide.
The 3MT® competition provides graduate students with an opportunity to refine skills that can be transferred after graduation to diverse career paths. Distilling research into a clear form, without over-simplifying, and highlighting the wider implications of the research are important skills to carry into post-graduate employment and public service.
The competition also enables students to showcase their research to a wider multidisciplinary audience, within the university, and to the broader public. The competition is open to the public, and is advertised within the community. This is a unique opportunity to communicate the innovative and significant research undertaken by graduate students.
The 3MT® competition initially was developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, with competitions by other Australian and New Zealand universities following, culminating in the first Trans-Tasman competition held in 2010. 3MT® also has spread internationally: from Japan to Europe, to Canada and the U.S.
The main focus of McMaster’s 3MT® is oriented around student development and learning how to effectively communicate complex research in just three short minutes. This unique opportunity will allow students to expand their range of communication skills in a dynamic and challenging way.
The top eligible presenter at McMaster will attend the Ontario 3MT® competition hosted by the University of Waterloo on April 21, 2017. Most Ontario universities are expected to participate in the provincial competition.