2018 Competition: APPLY NOW!

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

In three minutes or less convey the essence of your Thesis or MRP to a panel of judges and a diverse audience using only a single slide. The best presentation will go on to represent OCAD University at the provincial finals to be hosted at York University on April 19, 2018.

The OCAD U 3MT Competition will be held on Tuesday, March 6th beginning at 1PM Room322 at 230 Richmond St. W.

Deadline for Submission of Application Form - Monday, March 5, 2018 at 11:59PM


New to OCAD U 3MT this year:

Coaching time and feedback with participants and finalists provided by David Bateman:

David Bateman is an arts journalist, spoken word poet, and performance artist. He holds a PhD in English Literature with a specialization in Creative Writing (University of Calgary), and an MA in Drama (University of Toronto). He has taught Drama, Creative Writing, and English Literature at a number of post-secondary institutions across the country - Trent University (Peterborough), Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops), University of Calgary, and Emily Carr Institute for Art and Design (Vancouver).Over the past thirty years his performance work has been presented in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

David has four collections of poetry (Impersonating Flowers, Invisible Foreground, 'tis pity, Designation Youth) published by Frontenac House Press (Calgary), as well as two collaborative poetry collections  - Wait Until Late Afternoon (with Hiromi Goto - Frontenac House Press) and Pause (with Naomi Beth Wakan  Bevalia Press).

Performing the Text Workshop February 28th, 2018

Performing the text will help you learn strategies to relax and prepare your mind and body for a presentation, connect your voice with gestures, hook your audience with a compelling ‘opener’ and rehearse techniques to minimize performance anxiety. Graduate students looking to enhance their general presentation skills or planning to participate in any knowledge translation communication challenge are invited (the 3MT® competitionFacilitator:  Julia Course, a graduate of Brock University, holding an honours B.A. from the Department of Dramatic Arts and a minor in English Language and Literature.



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


  • The top presenter will receive $750 as well as training and travel support to attend the regional competition at York University 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.


You must submit a completed 3MT application form to the Office of Graduate Studies (digi­tally) no later than Friday, March 3rd, 2017. The form is available for download Here

(Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies with any questions). gradstudies@ocadu.ca

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.
  • Students must be registered in a master's (Thesis or MRP) program at the time of the 3MT® competition, and must have made substantial progress on their research and analysis. Course-based master's students are ineligible.

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

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

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