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Competition Details

This is your chance to share your important research with the world. Compete against fellow undergraduate or master’s and doctoral students for the chance to win up to $1,000 in prize money, improve your communication skills and expand your network! Please note, you will compete against fellow undergraduate or graduate students, based on your enrolment status. Participants will be competing on Wednesday, March 27 in the Senate and Board Chambers from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Prizes

Master and Doctoral Students 
  • First: $1,000
  • Second: $500
  • Honourable mention: $250
  • Participants' choice: $250

Undergraduate Students 

  • First: $1,000
  • Second: $500

Eligibility

To participate in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition at Laurier:

Graduate and Postdoctoral Student:

  • You must be registered in a master's or PhD program at Laurier and working on a major research project, master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.
  • You may have defended but not yet graduated.
  • Your presentation must be based on research that is directly related to your graduate research paper (thesis, dissertation or major research paper).
  • You must agree to be filmed and photographed and allow those recordings to be made public.
  • You must be available to present, in person, on the day of the competition (March 27, 2019).

To participate in Laurier's Undergraduate Three Minute Thesis competition:

Undergraduate Student:

  • You must be currently registered in an honours undergraduate program at Laurier and have made substantial progress on a research paper (thesis or major research paper) or directed studies project under the supervision of a Laurier faculty member;
  • Your presentation must be based on research that is directly related to your undergraduate thesis, research paper or directed studies project;
  • You must agree to be filmed and photographed and allow those recordings to be made public.
  • You must be available to present, in person, on the day of the competition (March 27, 2019).

Rules

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or “movement” of any description. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • 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 must be made by memory; notes must not be used.
  • Only one presenter may present at a time. 
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes. Competitors who exceed three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Presentations that do not follow these rules will be disqualified. 

Judging Criteria

Presentations will be judged on the basis of the following:

Communication

  • Did the presenter use non-verbal communication (i.e. eye contact, voice modulation, body language) effectively?
  • Did the presenter use language and terminology that was clear, jargon-free, and understandable to a general audience?
  • Did the presentation follow a logical sequence?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation? Did they elaborate for too long on one aspect, or did the presentation feel rushed?

Comprehension

  • Did the talk help you to understand the scholarly research being undertaken?
  • Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and purpose of their research?
  • Did the presenter clearly indicate the fascinating or compelling aspects of their research?
  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?

Engagement

  • Was the talk engaging?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain the audience's attention?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their work?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
  • Did the talk inspire you to want to know more?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation -was it clear, legible, and concise?

Travel 

If you are located at either of the Laurier Brantford or Toronto campuses and have registered in the 3MT Competition, travel-related expenses may be available upon request. Please email afrey@wlu.ca for more information.