Three-Minute Thesis Applications Are Open
3MT® is back for 2023!
Traill College and Academic Skills presents the Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) for Masters and Ph.D. students and provides the ultimate challenge: to explain their complex and highly specialized research and ideas to a general audience in just three minutes, using only one Power Point slide. This year the event is back at Market Hall in downtown Peterborough where graduate students will present their research to a live audience.
The skills developed while preparing for and competing in 3MT® are central to graduate students' growth as professionals. From job interviews, to networking with colleagues at conferences, to conversations with family and friends, graduate students are often in situations where they must describe their research, and its larger importance, in language accessible and engaging to a non-specialist audience. The time limit forces participants to balance complexity and depth with clarity and concision. 3MT® hones skills that will benefit graduate students as they move toward professional careers.
Applications are now open – apply to compete in the 11th annual Three-Minute Thesis competition! Apply between January 16 and February 13 to participate in this year’s 3MT®. Full details and how to apply available on the Academic Skills website: 3MT Trent.
Frequently asked questions
Do I have to be writing a thesis or dissertation to participate?
Students must be registered in a Trent Masters (Thesis or MRP) or PhD program at the time of the 3MT® competition, and must have made substantial progress on their research and analysis. Course-based Masters students are ineligible.
What if I don’t have results for my research yet?
You can still participate. Your research is interesting, but it can take a long time to complete. Explain what you are studying and why it is significant to your field. Explain how you are going about your research and why this approach is appropriate or interesting. Suggest what you expect to find or what your preliminary findings indicate.
Why do I want to participate?
This is a great opportunity to build professional skills, including your presentation and communication skills. Participation in events like this look great on a resume or a job application. In addition, preparing for the competition can help you to focus your ideas and support you in the writing of your thesis.
Questions can be forwarded to Dr. Sue Beckwith
Posted on February 7, 2023