Three Minute Thesis Competition

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The University of Windsor Three-minute Thesis Competition 3MT® was held on March 25, 2019

Results:

1st Place: Katrina Switzer

Doctoral student, Biological Sciences

“Don't call me mellow yellow: stress and colour in a tropical toad”

Prize: $1000 cash and represent the University of Windsor at the Ontario 3MT® competition final at McMaster University on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. 

2nd Place: Kiirsti Owen

Master’s student, Biological Sciences

“How do birds respond when we regrow the forests around them?”

Prize: $500 cash

3rd Place: John Freer

Doctoral student, Education

“Removing another brick from the wall: deconstructing attitudinal barriers to inclusive education”

Prize: $250 cash

Check out the list of all presentations, videos, and photos from 2019 and previous competitions.

What is 3MT®? - Why participate? - Who is eligible? - Competition rules - Judging criteria - Prizes  -  Sponsors - FAQ - Past Competitions - Videos and Resources -  Contact the organizers

What is 3MT®?

The internationally recognized Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition challenges graduate students to present their research to a non-specialist audience in an engaging way. Students have just three minutes and one slide to present a compelling presentation on their thesis, major research paper, or dissertation topic and its significance.

UWindsor 3MT® 2019 is a University-wide competition for doctoral and Master’s students at the University of Windsor. The Winner will represent the University of Windsor at the Provincial Championship. In 2019 the Ontario 3MT® competition final will be held at McMaster University on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. 

Why participate?

The competition enables students to showcase their research to a wider audience, across disciplines within the university and to the broader public.

  • 3MT® is internationally recognized in 53 countries around the world, with 20 participating Canadian Universities 
  • The UWindsor competition is open to the public and will be advertised within the community
  • The competition will provide 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 or making it overly-complex, and highlighting the wider implications of this research are important skills to carry into post-graduate employment and public service

Who is eligible?

  • Registration for the 2019 competition is now closed.
  • To participate in 3MT® 2019 @ UWindsor you must be a graduate student at the University of Windsor registered for Winter 2019 term in one of the following:
    • a Doctoral dissertation - course number xxxx-9980
    • a Master's thesis - course number xxxx-8970 (or M.A. English creative writing project - course number ENGL-8940)
    • a Master's major paper - course number xxxx-8960  
  • You must have made substantial progress on research and analysis, as determined by your research supervisor - your thesis, major research paper, or dissertation supervisor will be contacted to confirm your eligibility.
  • Presentations must be based on the primary research the student has conducted in their graduate program thesis, major research paper, or dissertation.
  • Students in course-based programs, visiting students, exchange students, and students on leave are not eligible.
  • Presenters must agree to be video-recorded and to allow those recordings to be made public.
  • Presenters must have registered using the web registration form and received confirmation of a place from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  • Contestants must be available to present, in person, on the following dates:
    • Information coaching session: Tuesday, March 5th from 9:30am to 11:30am in Toldo Building - room 203.
    • UWindsor competition: Monday, March 25, 2019 beginning at 1:30pm in Vanier Hall - Winclare C.
    • The Winner will represent the University of Windsor at the Ontario 3MT® competition final at McMaster University on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 where Ontario Universities will compete in the Provincial Championship.

Competition rules:

  • a single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description)
  • no additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted
  • no additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted
  • presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum - competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified
  • the decision of the judging panel is final.

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 presenter use language and terminology that was clear and understandable?
  • Was the pace of the talk effective?
  • Did the presenter use non-verbal communication (i.e. eye contact, voice modulation, body language, etc.) effectively?
  • Did the slide enhance, rather than detract from, the talk – was it clear, legible, and concise?
  • Did the talk help you to understand the scholarly research and creativity?
  • Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and purpose of the scholarly research and creativity?
  • Did the presenter clearly indicate what is interesting about the scholarly research and creativity?
  • Did the talk follow a logical sequence?
  • Was the talk engaging?
  • Did the talk inspire you to want to know more?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their work?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain your attention?

Prizes

  1. Winner: $1000 cash and represent the University of Windsor at the Ontario 3MT® competition final at McMaster University on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. 
  2. Runner-up: $500 cash
  3. Third Place: $250 cash

Sponsors

Office of the Provost

GSS/Alumni Endowment Fund

Centre for Teaching and Learning

PAC - Media & Educational Technologies

Office of Open Learning

GA/TA Network

Faculty of Graduate Studies

FAQs

You must be available in person on all dates, including the training session. Please contact your department for support.

PhD and Master's students who have defended, but have not yet convocated, are eligible to participate, as long as they are registered in Winter 2019.

No, students who have met Phase I for Winter 2019 are not eligible to participate as they are no longer registered in Winter 2018 term. Note that students who have met Phase II are eligible to participate as they are still registered in Winter term 2019.

Contestants are expected to have made significant progress on their research and analysis. Your thesis or dissertation supervisor will be contacted to confirm if this applies in your case. If you have not completed collecting your data or have not started analysing the data you will most likely be ineligible to participate - contact your supervisor for their determination.

Yes - if your program requires a major research paper rather than a thesis, you are also eligible to participate.

Contestants are expected to have memorized their presentation. You are welcome to use notes but bear in mind that you will also be judged on your presentation engagement,& eye contact, etc.

Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes will be allowed to finish but will be disqualified. A single warning signal will go off when you have 30 seconds left, and a bell will sound at the three-minute mark.

Note that there will be a time-keeper and a countdown timer will be displayed on a laptop in the front row. Before their presentation, each participant will be asked if they would like to have the timer facing them:

  • If a student does not want to see a countdown, the laptop will face the timekeeper.
  • If a student wants to be able to see the countdown timer, the timekeeper will simply angle the laptop slightly on the front row so both the student and the timekeeper can see it.

No. The purpose of the 3MT is primarily to develop your oral presentation communication skills.

Costumes are not allowed (including hats, masks, etc). There is no stipulated dress code requirement - you may wear what is comfortable for you, although we do recommend professional attire.

Past Competitions - results and videos 

The University of Windsor Three-minute Thesis Competition 3MT® was held on March 25, 2019

Results:

1st Place: Katrina Switzer

Doctoral student, Biological Sciences

“Don't call me mellow yellow: stress and colour in a tropical toad”

Prize: $1000 cash and represent the University of Windsor at the Ontario 3MT® competition final at McMaster University on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. 

2nd Place: Kiirsti Owen

Master’s student, Biological Sciences

“How do birds respond when we regrow the forests around them?”

Prize: $500 cash

3rd Place: John Freer

Doctoral student, Education

“Removing another brick from the wall: deconstructing attitudinal barriers to inclusive education”

Prize: $250 cash

List of all presentations:

Presenter #1:      Danilo Corral-De-Witt

Doctoral student, Electrical and Computer Engineering

                 “Smart spectrum access for open wireless services”

Presenter #2:      Kaitav Mehta    

Master’s student, Computer Science

               “This creepy person doesn't exist”

Presenter #3:      John Freer

Doctoral student, Education

“Removing another brick from the wall: deconstructing attitudinal barriers to inclusive education”

Presenter #4:      Jessica Chu

Master’s student, Nursing

“E-Professionalism in Nursing students”

Presenter #5:      Zarreen Naowal Reza

Master’s student, Computer Science

              “Weld quality control using artificial intelligence”

Presenter #6:      Israt Jahan

Master’s  student, Civil and Environmental Engineering

“Modeling bacterial loading into Lake St. Clair: keep swimmers safe”

Presenter #7:      Ramya Ravichandran

Master’s student, Computer Science

“Every problem has a solution - but which one?”

Presenter #8:      Tanja Samardzic

Master’s student, Psychology

“#ProTip: don’t talk”

Presenter #9:   Baturh Yarkwan

Doctoral student, Chemistry and Biochemistry

“Glorifying the outcast: soybean waste used in treating water pollution”

Presenter #10:   Xiaoyang Zhang               

Master’s student, Civil and Environmental Engineering

“Can pesticides in water be removed by agricultural by-product?”

Presenter #11:   Kiirsti Owen

Master’s student, Biological Sciences

“How do birds respond when we regrow the forests around them?”

Presenter #12:   Niwit Aryal

Master’s student, Electrical and Computer Engineering

“Can you afford a self-driving car?”

Presenter #13:   Sidra Anis

Master’s student, Civil and Environmental Engineering

“The more the merrier? New border crossing in Windsor, Ontario”

Presenter #14:   Katrina Switzer

Doctoral student, Biological Sciences

“Don't call me mellow yellow: stress and colour in a tropical toad”

Presenter #15:   Allison Gray

Doctoral student, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

“Eating meat without animals for the planet”

Presenter #16:   Yuehua  Zhu

Master’s studentEducation

“Political participation: a pathway to improve English language proficiency”.

 

 

 

 

The University of Windsor competition was held on March 26, 2018.

The winners were chosen out of 6 finalists from two heats of 20 contestants.


1st Place: Ian Thomas
Master’s student, Biological Sciences
“Birdsong and the roots of human language”

2nd Place: Liza-Anastasia DiCecco
Master’s student, Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering
“Move over plastic, we're 3D printing titanium”

3rd Place: Ingrid Qemo
Doctoral student, Biological Sciences
“Brain stem cells: is too much or too little of a good thing, a bad thing?”


Watch the finalist presentations on our Youtube channel

1st Place: Travis DeWolfe, Chemistry and Biochemistry: “Supercomputers against superbugs” 

2nd Place: Christopher Cameron, English Language, Literature and Creative Writing: “There and back again”

3rd Place: Mary Ann Zokvic, Human Kinetics: “Putting a squeeze on heart disease”


View results from the 2017 National Competition

1st Place: Jeremy Johnston, Master’s student, Department of English Language, Literature and Creative Writing, "Wait, you feel that, too?"   

Prize:  $1,000 cash and represent the University of Windsor at the Ontario provincial final at Wilfrid Laurier University on April 14, 2016

Runner-up: Krithika Muthukumaran, Doctoral student, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, “One brain to rule them all” 

Prize: $500 cash

People's Choice: Zainab Bazzi, Doctoral student, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, “Fighting the spread: TAFI as an anti-cancer superhero” 

Prize: $250 cash


Watch a videorecording of all 2016 Finalist presentations

1st Place: Anna Crater-Potter, Doctoral student, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, "Please leave a message"

Prize:  $1,000 cash and represent the University of Windsor at the Ontario 3MT final held at Western University on April 23, 2015 check out videorecording and photos of the provincial Final.

Runner-up: Katherine Balasingham, Master's student, Department of Biological Sciences, "Fishing for DNA"

Prize: $500 cash

People's Choice: Anna Crater-Potter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, "Please leave a message"

Prize: $250 cash


Watch the finalist presentations on our YouTube channel

1st Place: Yasina Somani, Master’s student, Department of Kinesiology, "Getting a grip on high blood pressure with a novel treatment". 

Yasina received a $1,000 cash prize and represented Windsor in the second provincial competition at McMaster University on April 24, 2014.

2nd Place: Michael Holmes, Doctoral student, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, "How a hairpin could save your life". 

Prize: $500 cash

People's Choice Award: Michael Holmes, Doctoral student, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, "How a hairpin could save your life". Prize: $250 cash


Watch a recording of the finalist presentations on our Youtube channel

1st Place: Chris Allan (Chemistry and Biochemistry): "From your TV to the lab: exploring the reactivity of indium"

2nd Place: Rebecca Williams (Biological Sciences): "Great Lakes Undercover: Can Fish Evolve to Survive Pollution?"

People’s Choice award: Heather Filiatrault (Chemistry and Biochemistry): "Stretchable Electronics Cast in a New Light"


Watch a video recording of the finalist presentations


Videos and resources