OCAD U - 3MT Competition

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition is a fast paced and exciting competition that challenges graduate students to distill the significance of their thesis work/research project to three minutes for a panel of judges and a diverse audience.

The Competition will be held on March 9th beginning at 9am sharp in the Student Gallery at 52 MCCAUL STREET.


OCAD U Master's students who have an approved Thesis or Major Research Project (MRP) proposal on file with the Office of Graduate Studies.


In three minutes or less convey the essence and significance of your Thesis or MRP research using only a single slide.The best presentation will go on to represent OCAD University at the provincial finals to be hosted at Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, on Thursday April 14, 2016.


  • The top presenter will receive$750 as well as training and travel support to attend the regional competition at Wilfred Laurier in April.
  • The runner up will receive $500.
  • The "People's Choice" award winner will receive a $100 gift card, this award is voted on by the audience.


  • Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies to request an application form. You must submit a completed 3MT application form to the Office of Graduate Studies (digi­tally) no later than Wednesday March 2nd, 2016 (Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies with any questions).

Judging Criteria

At every level of the competition, each competitor’s presentation will be assessed according to the criteria listed below. Please note that each criterion is equally weighted.


  • Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and aims of research?
  • Did the presenter clearly indicate what was significant about this research?
  • Did the presentation follow a logical sequence?


  • Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or “dumb down” the research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for the research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
  • Would the audience want to know more about the speaker’s research?


  • Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker use sufficient eye contact and vocal range, maintain a steady pace, and a exhibit 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 the presentation – or did the presenter elaborate for too long on some elements or was the presenter rushed to get through the presentation?
  • Did the slide enhance, rather than detract from, the presentation; and was it clear, legible, and concise?


  • A single, static slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or movement of any description are allowed), and the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration and remain in view for the duration of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and/or video files) are permitted.
  • No props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken in standard oratory prose (i.e., no poems, raps, or songs, other than those that may be the target of research).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
  • Presentations must be made by memory; notes may not be used.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final.
  • The competition will be administered in English.
  • You are eligible to compete if your degree involves a thesis, major research paper (MRP) or dissertation. If your program is course based, you are not eligible.

To learn more about 3MT, visit their website www.threeminutethesis.org

Check out UBC’s 3MT page with tips on competing in 3MT:http://3mt.grad.ubc.ca/participate/

Check out the 3MT videos from around the world here:http://threeminutethesis.org/3mt-showcase

Deadline for Submission of Application Form - March 2, 2016

Application Form is Available Here

Information Session and Workshop - February 24, 2016 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room 701K, 205 Richmond Street West

Join Amy Satterthwaite, MDes 2015, as she walks you through her experiences as the OCAD U winner and representative at the provincial competition. Amy will also provide valuable advice as you prepare or consider the OCAD U competition, to be held on March 9, 2016.

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