Ontario Three Minute Thesis

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The 2019 Ontario Winners are:

First place: Alex Kjorven from Ryerson University

Second place: Yoah Sui from Western University

Third place: Amanda Brissenden from Queen’s University

Fourth place: David Patch from Royal Military College

Fifth place: Haya Almutairi from the University of Waterloo

Competitor's Choice: Yoah Sui from Western University

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. (Reception), 10a.m. to 12 p.m. (Presentations)

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an international research competition where graduate students have 3 minutes to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills. It also supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. 

3MT Ontario is a public event and is free to attend. 

Event Background

The first 3MT competition was held at the University of Queensland in Australia in 2008 with 160 Research Higher Degree students competing. In 2009 and 2010, the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Since 2011, the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in over 600 universities and institutions across more than 60 countries worldwide.

Beginning in 2013, Ontario hosted it's first provincial 3MT competition featuring representatives from 16 graduate schools. Now an annual event every spring, McMaster University will be hosting 3MT Ontario in 2019.

Have a question about 3MT Ontario? Please email grad3mt@mcmaster.ca and we will get back to you promptly!

Important Dates

Thursday, January 17

  • Deadline for universities to register to participate. If you are the primary 3MT coordinator for your university, please visit the Coordinator Guidelines tab for more information.

Wednesday, April 3

  • Deadline to submit participant information and supporting media to McMaster University. Please visit the Coordinator Guidelines tab for more information.

Tuesday, April 16

  • OCGS Dinner at The Phoenix Craft House and Grill at 6:00pm. Please RSVP to Julie Colyar at jcolyar@cou.ca.

Wednesday, April 17

  • 3MT Ontario reception begins at 9:30 a.m. Presentations begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 12 p.m. Lunch to follow for competitors and university representatives.

Participating Universities

 Carleton University logo  University of Guelph logo Lakehead University

Laurentian University

McMaster University logo  Nippissing University OCAD Graduate Studies logo
Ontario Tech University logo University of Ottawa logo Queen's University logo  Royal Military College logo

Ryerson logo

University of Toronto  Trent University logo

University of Waterloo logo


Western University logo Wilfrid Laurier University logo  University of Windsor logo

York University 


Meet the presenters at this year's 3MT.


Alicia Azzano, Brock UniversityAlicia Azzano, Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis

Alicia Azzano is completing the master of arts in Applied Disability Studies program at Brock University. She has previously completed a bachelor of arts in Child and Youth (Honours) and bachelor of education. Alicia began pursuing research in the fourth year of her undergraduate studies with Dr. Maurice Feldman, studying the relationship between early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and family history conditions for infants at low and high risk of ASD. For her MA thesis, with Dr. Maurice Feldman, Dr. Rebecca Ward, and Dr. Tricia Vause, she is studying the effectiveness of parent-mediated intervention using behaviour analytic teaching strategies for improving targeted behaviours characteristic of ASD for at-risk infants. Alicia presented a poster of her research at The Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis 2018 Annual Conference, and is presenting a poster of her research at the May 2019 45th Annual Convention for the Association for Behavior Analysis International in Chicago, Illinois. Alicia looks forward to continuing research in early symptom identification and intervention with infants at-risk for ASD.

Melody Gavel, Carleton UniversityMelody Gavel, Biology

Melody Gavel is in the first year of her master’s degree in biology at Carleton University. Her research looks at the impacts of commonly used pesticides on the immune systems and disease susceptibility of native frog species. Melody’s work will help to establish safer guidelines for pesticide usage, necessary for the conservation of frogs. She is an avid nature enthusiast with a passion for preserving wildlife biodiversity. Outside of her research life, Melody enjoys spending time with her daughter, scuba diving, and inspiring other parents to pursue their academic goals.

Anthony Incognito, University of Guelph

Anthony Incognito, Human Health and Nutritional Sciences

Anthony is from Markham, Ont, and completed a Kinesiology degree from UofT and a master’s of science from the University of Guelph. Anthony was the recipient of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, Graduate Student Oral Presentation Award as well as a Research Recognition Award from Neural Control and Autonomic Regulation at Experimental Biology in 2019. Anthony would like to complete his PhD and then begin and postdoctoral fellowship in hopes of becoming a professor so he can forever study what he loves. Aside from loving how the brain drives chronic diseases, Anthony would like to travel Europe one day and in his past life, he is a hockey player and martial arts black belt in a past life.

Alexander Bilyk, Lakehead UniversityAlexander Bilyk, Forest Science

Alexander graduated from the MScF program at Lakehead University in 2011. He is currently pursuing a PhD with a focus on improving the forest resource inventory. He runs Overstory Consultants, a remote sensing and GIS consulting firm with clients across Canada. His focus is always on providing innovative solutions and making sure that the solutions can be used in the real world. He also manages the applied research group in the faculty of Natural Resources Management, LU-CARIS, and teaches the remote sensing courses in the faculty. His latest projects include Enhancing Forest Inventory with Terrestrial LiDAR, a project sponsored by Forestry Futures Trust Ontario and Resolute FP Canada Inc., as well as hosting the Unpublished Paradigm podcast.

Chelsea Pike, Laurentian UniversityChelsea Pike, Science Communication

Chelsea Pike is currently in the master's in science Communication program at Laurentian University. She has previously completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program with a minor in biology and her bachelor of education degree at Queen's University. Her research is focused on describing attitudes of Canadians towards FASD as identified in the online Facebook discourse. Her study combines her passion for health promotion and education by allowing her to investigate an underrepresented public health issue that affects a variety of social issues within a Canadian context.

Matthew Campea, McMaster UniversityMatthew Campea, Chemical Engineering

Matthew is in his first year of his master’s at McMaster University, the place he also called home during his undergraduate studies. Since his childhood, Matthew’s family has been touched by cancer: he made it his passion to create safer methods for chemotherapy. His current research does this by developing small-scale chemotherapy drug carriers using chemically-modified sugars. Matthew’s ultimate goal is to remove the harmful side effects associated with chemotherapy by creating drug carriers that specifically target cancer cells instead of healthy ones. He hopes that – in less than 3 minutes –  he can give hope to anyone touched by cancer.

Jordan Sutcliffe, Nipissing UniversityJordan Sutcliffe,  Kinesiology

Jordan began his post-secondary education at the University of Ottawa, where he completed a bachelor of science specializing in human kinetics. During his undergraduate studies, Jordan was privileged to play on the men’s varsity football team for four seasons. As such, his time as a student, athlete and now the coach has provided a passion and curiosity to better understand the social environment in sport and its influence on youth development. Therefore, Jordan’s master’s research seeks to better understand competitive youth sport parents’ behaviour through assessment of their identity and well being. He is also involved in research pertaining to mental health in sport, positive youth development, and naturalistic athlete observation. Outside of his studies, Jordan finds joy in travel, coaching youth sports, outdoor recreation, and amateur investing.

Uttara Ghodke, OCAD UniversityUttara Ghodke, Inclusive Design

Prior to attending OCAD University Uttara Ghodke's specialty was industrial product design, which she studies at the Maharashtra Institute of Technology University (MIT U). She is currently building on these skills to develop research in the area of non-visual and cross-sensory data analytics tools that employ a combination of tactile, aural, and visual cues through a single object or integrated system to communicate geographic information for blind, low-vision, and sighted audiences alike. Her research is supervised by Dr. Peter Coppin and  Dr. Sowmya Somanath.

Sarah Habibi, Ontario Tech UniversitySarah Habibi, Applied Bioscience

Sarah is a researcher, science communicator, and teacher. She loved frog catching when she was a kid, and collecting worms on rainy days. Her house and wardrobe are all shades of white and pink. She was a national level wrestler in high school. Austrian/Egyptian, born and raised in Brampton Ontario.

Stephani Woodworth, University of OttawaStephanie Woodworth, Geography

Stephanie Woodworth is a PhD candidate in human geography at the University of Ottawa. She completed her undergraduate and master's degree in kinesiology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include decolonization, water and human movement, youth education, land-based pedagogies, Indigenous methodologies, and knowledge co-production.

Amanda Brissenden, Queen's UniversityAmanda Brissenden, Chemical Engineering specialising in Biomedical Engineering

Amanda is a doctoral candidate from Queen’s University, enrolled in Chemical Engineering in the Collaborative Biomedical Engineering program. She was drawn to the biomedical engineering field as it brought together her undergraduate background in chemical engineering and her passion for biology and medicine. Her research focuses on biomaterial development for treating degeneration of the intervertebral discs in the spine. Volunteering at Kingston General Hospital, Amanda realized the importance and challenge of effectively communicating science and making medical research accessible. This led her to consider how to share her own research, and ultimately to enter the 3MT competition. Outside of the lab, Amanda loves the outdoors and gets out to hike, paddle, and climb as much as possible.

David Patch, Royal Military CollegeDavid Patch, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

David Patch grew up in Mississauga, Ontario, where he worked as a swimming instructor and spent a lot of time volunteering with schools, youth groups, and students with special needs. David studied at University of Toronto in the fields of analytical chemistry and environmental sciences where, upon graduating, he moved to Kingston for graduate studies. He does research under the Environmental Sciences Group with supervisors Dr. Iris Koch and Kela Weber looking at emerging contaminants. David is passionate about accessible education, science outreach, environmental initiatives and citizen science.

Alex Kjorven, Environmental Applied Science and Management

Alex Kjorven, Ryerson UniversityAlex Kjorven is dedicated to using business tools to solve social and environmental issues. Her graduate work in environmental science at Ryerson University involves building a commercial board-game engineered to challenge individual perceptions and attitudes toward climate change. Professionally, she is a sessional lecturer on social entrepreneurship and currently VP corporate development at Parcel Finance, an investment fund purchasing homes alongside families where home ownership would otherwise be unattainable. Her other work with social ventures include being COO at ChargeLab, a tech startup building software for EV charging, and also as head of applied innovation at Purpose Capital, an advisory firm specializing in impact investing. She has held numerous roles with MaRS and KPMG LLP, and has also spent time overseas serving as the CEO of the Trinidad & Tobago Corporate Governance Institute. Alex is a chartered accountant and a graduate of Rotman commerce at the University of Toronto.

Shane Saunderson, University of TorontoShane Saunderson, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Shane Saunderson received a BEng in mechanical engineering from McGill University in 2005 and a MBA in technology and innovation from Ryerson University in 2011. He is currently a PhD candidate studying social human-robot interaction under Prof. Goldie Nejat within the Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics Laboratory (ASBLab) in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. Shane holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and is a Junior Fellow with Massey College. His research focuses on psychological influence caused by robots during social interactions with particular interest in topics such as persuasion, trust, and leadership.

Katharine Viscardis, Trent UniversityKatharine Viscardis, Canadian Studies

Katharine Viscardis is a PhD Candidate in the Canadian Studies program at Trent University and works under the supervision of Janet Miron. Having witnessed the horrors of child institutionalization while volunteering in a Bulgarian orphanage for one month in 2010, Katharine attempts to understand the foundations and conditions of institutions for children and the abuse of children therein. Her dissertation explores the history and legacy of Canada’s first institution designed, officially, for children and adults with disabilities, the Huronia Regional Centre (1887-2009). It outlines the violent experiences of children who were admitted there, considers how such violence against children could occur for so long in a state-run facility, and questions how much has changed in the lives of survivors and children with disabilities after the institution’s closure in 2009. It asks, does institutionalization truly end with the closure of physical spaces of incarceration? Katharine’s dissertation is a significant and necessary contribution to research particularly considering the current political climate of austerity which threatens to destabilize, if not reverse, the gains made in the movement for deinstitutionalization.

Haya Almutairi, University of WaterlooHaya Almutairi, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Haya started her PhD in January 2016 at CPATT under the supervision of Prof. Hassan Baaj. She received her bachelor and master’s degrees in 2007 and 2013, respectively, from Kuwait University. In addition, Haya also has six years of practical experience as a civil engineer with the Ministry of Public Works in Kuwait in the road design and maintenance department. Haya’s research is part of a research program aiming for the development of High-Performance Asphalt Mixes (HPAM). She focuses on the investigation of the use of nanomaterials in asphalt mixes as a solution for self-healing and mitigation of fatigue and low temperature cracking. Haya is a recipient of the Ministry of Public Works in Kuwait Scholarship and her research is supported by the Discovery Grant funding program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Yoah Sui, Western UniversityYoah Sui, Kinesiology

Yoah Sui is a third-year PhD candidate in the department of kinesiology at Western University. He completed his BSc honors specialization in kinesiology at the University of Waterloo (2014) and MA in kinesiology at Western University (2016) under the supervision of Dr. Harry Prapavessis. He is currently pursuing his PhD under the continued supervision of Dr. Prapavessis. His research interests include examining: (i) the cognition surrounding sedentary behaviour among university students, (ii) the effectiveness and feasibility of theory-driven message framing interventions to modify sedentary behaviour cognition, and (iii) the impact of sedentary behaviour cognition on psycho-social and wellness outcomes. In his spare time, Yoah enjoys staying active at the gym, fixing bikes, and chasing after his two dogs.

Mariam Elmarsafy, Wilfrid Laurier UniversityMariam Elmarsafy, Integrative Biology

Mariam is very passionate about her research and loves what she does. At Wilfrid Laurier University, she has a steady source of encouragement and support from faculty and peers that drives me to do my very best. Currently, Mariam is completing a master of science degree where she uses an approach called ‘resurrection ecology’ to determine how the water flea, an important member of the aquatic food web, will respond to climate-driven increases in lake salinity. Mariam’s research has taken her to North Dakota and Northwest Territories where she learned about the impacts of environmental change in freshwater lakes first hand.
Mariam hopes to use the skills she has gained in her master’s degree to teach younger generations about the impact climate change has on freshwater ecosystems and what we can do about it.

John Freer, University of WindsorJohn Freer, Education Studies

John Freer is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor. John is in the Cognition and Learning stream of the joint PhD program in Educational Studies. Inspired by his own experiences growing up with epilepsy, John studies students’ attitudes toward disability and investigates its implications for inclusive education. For his dissertation research project John developed a new 12-lesson intervention aimed at enhancing students’ attitudes toward disability. His intervention is the first ever that explicitly targets all three dimensions of attitude (i.e., feelings, thoughts, and behaviour). In addition to his PhD studies, John is also a professor at St. Clair College in the School of Community Studies and a sessional instructor at the University of Windsor (Disability Studies, Psychology, and Education).

Lina Deker, Psychology

Lina received her BA in Ppsychology and Bachelor of Education as part of the Concurrent Teachers’ Education Program at York University. She then completed her master’s degree where she examined the relationship between art and communicating emotions among individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is currently completing her PhD in psychology where she is studying children’s cognitive development of memory.


Meet the judges of the Ontario 3MT.

Emily Chung, Ontario Three Minute Thesis judgeEmily Chung is an award-winning Toronto-based journalist who reports on science and the environment for CBC News, mostly online but sometimes on the radio.

Emily started writing for newspapers and magazines while doing her BSc in biology and chemistry at Western University and her PhD in chemistry at the University of British Columbia. After that, she interned at the Toronto Star and worked for the Vancouver Sun before joining CBC News in 2006 as a digital reporter based in Ottawa, covering eastern Ontario and western Quebec news.

She has been focused on national science and technology reporting since 2010. She is a past board member of the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada and a current member of the Girls in STEM Executive Advisory Council for FIRST Canada. She enjoys urban cycling, birding and roaming Toronto’s ravines with her husband and two kids. Her Twitter handle is @mle_chung.

Jane Travers, Ontario Three Minute Thesis judgeWith over 30 years of experience in the utility sector, Jane is the vice-president for Asset Management & Optimization at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). In this role, she is responsible for the optimization of Renewable Generation’s fleet – comprised of 66 hydroelectric stations, two thermal stations, and a new solar farm – with a focus on asset management, strategic business planning, maintenance strategy, data analytics and innovation. 

Prior to this appointment, she was the acting production manager of Niagara Operations, accountable for the operation and maintenance of 12 hydroelectric generating stations in south central Ontario, including the Sir Adam Beck complex.  

Jane has held a variety of senior manager positions for Renewable Generation in Engineering and Operations, leading support services across the fleet in the areas of technical asset management, engineering risk, coordination of multidisciplinary engineering assessments and projects, engineering governance, and business planning.

Jane’s career started in OPG’s nuclear division, working briefly at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station while it was under construction, followed by an extensive run supporting the specialized inspection of CANDU reactors in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and South Korea.

Jane holds a Bachelor of Engineering – Mechanical, from McMaster University in Hamilton (’87), and has been a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario since 1991. Jane is actively involved in leadership initiatives in the areas of recruitment, diversity, inclusion and culture change.

Pearl Veenema, Ontario Three Minute Thesis judgePearl is president and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. She also serves on the board of trustees for Children’s Miracle Network and is a member of the Mohawk College Foundation Board and the MacKay CEO forum.

Prior to joining Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, Pearl served as president and chief development officer for the Orthopedic and Arthritic Foundation. She was also managing director of Campaigns and vice president advancement for the University Health Network’s Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation.

Pearl is a fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and Certified Fund Raising Executive, CFRE International. Pearl is a recipient of AHP’s Harold J. (Si) Seymour Award in recognition of her excellence in fostering philanthropy. Pearl is a contributing author for the first Canadian Fundraising Textbook, Excellence in Fundraising.  


Rob Baker, Ontario Three Minute Thesis judgeRob Baker is best known as a member of The Tragically Hip. 

A graduate of Queen’s University (BFA’86), he has put his visual arts studies to use designing many of the band’s T-shirts and album art. He is also currently working on his third album with his band, Stripper’s Union. 

Rob was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and in 2017, Rob was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. 

Rob has always been a big supporter of his community, giving his time, money, and profile to local and national charities with a focus on medical, musical, and environmental causes. 

This is Rob’s seventh time judging the provincial 3MT.

Tim Potocic, Ontario Three Minute Thesis judge

Tim Potocic is co-owner and president of 23-year-old Sonic Unyon Records in Hamilton, including in-house labels Sonic Unyon records, Sonic Unyon Metal and Goodfellow Records.

In the past, he has sat on the boards of CIRPA and CARAS, and has enjoyed Canadian Music Industry Award for label of the year, and Hamilton Entrepreneur of the Year award. As well, several of his artists have received Juno nominations. Tim currently sits on the boards of the Canadian Independent Music Association and the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record.

Sonic Unyon has grown into one of Canada’s leading independent record companies, releasing over 170 new recordings by a wide variety of acts such as Aereogramme, Augury, A Northern Chorus, Change of Heart, Cursed, Dinner Belles, Hayden, Oh Suzanna, Suicidal Angels, Ringo DeathStarr, Sacrifice, Sianspheric, Spirits, Simply Saucer, Steve Strongman, Treble Charger, Terra Lightfoot, Teenagehead, Tristan Psionic, Tricky Woo, Young Rival, Frank Black & the Catholics, and Voivod.

In 2009-10, Sonic Unyon expanded into the live music business with Tim becoming lead organizer of Hamilton’s annual Supercrawl festival. Supercrawl has won several Tourism Festival of the Year awards, including Entertainment Ambassador of the Year in 2011 going to Tim, and Tourism Event of the Year in 2015.

Currently, Sonic Unyon operates a downtown Hamilton venue – Mills Hardware ­– and is expanding its festival and live event focus with Because Beer, Festival of Friends, and Seven Sundays concert series.

Additionally, Tim has been involved in property redevelopment and management in downtown Hamilton with partners in Sonic Unyon.

Details for Visitors

3MT Ontario is a public event and is free to attend.

The 3MT will be held in the Concert Hall which is located in the L.R. Wilson Hall, building 74 on the campus map. The competition will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. (reception), 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  There is limited parking in Wilson Hall, available beneath the building. The next available lot closest to the building is parking lot B. Cost for parking for the day is $20.

Public Transit:

McMaster University is serviced by several GO Transit routes and the Hamilton (HSR) bus system.  


From Toronto, Oakville, and Burlington

  1. Travel westbound on the QEW or Highway 407 
  2. In Burlington, take Highway 403 to downtown Hamilton 
  3. Exit Highway 403 at the Main Street West off ramp 
  4. At the traffic signal turn left on to Main Street West, and then:
  5. For Central Campus, L.R. Wilson Hall After turning left onto Main Street West, turn immediately right on Newton Avenue. As this street crosses King Street it becomes Sterling Street. Proceed up Sterling Street onto the McMaster campus.

From Kitchener/Waterloo, Guelph, and Cambridge

  1. Take Highway 401 to Highway 6 South. From Highway 6, exit on Highway 403 toward Hamilton, and exit Highway 403 as described in the directions for coming from Toronto. 
  2. From the south Cambridge area, take Highway 8 to Hamilton. Proceed through Dundas along King Street, which becomes Cootes Drive. As you approach McMaster and see an overpass, exit on the right for west campus.

From Brantford, London

  1. From Brantford and London travel on Highway 403 to the Aberdeen Avenue exit.
  2. Turn left at the first traffic signal and proceed along Longwood Road
  3. Turn left onto Main Street West
  4. For Central Campus, L.R. Wilson Hall After turning left onto Main Street West, turn immediately right on Newton Avenue. As this street crosses King Street it becomes Sterling Street. Proceed up Sterling Street onto the McMaster campus.

Coordinator Guidelines

The following information is for 3MT coordinators at their respective universities.

University Registration

Ontario universities interested in participating must register by Thursday, January 17, 2019. The registration fee is $550 per school. You do not need to register your participant at this time, this registration is for each university to indicate their intention to participate and pay the registration fee.

  • Register via iModules
    • The registration link was emailed to Ontario Graduate Studies Deans and Provosts in mid-December
  • Each Ontario university may register one (1) eligible participant in 3MT Ontario. That participant is determined by the winner of their respective university event. If they are unable to attend 3MT Ontario, the runner-up becomes eligible.

Participant Information

The deadline to submit participant information and supporting media to McMaster University is Wednesday, April 3. Required information and files include:

  • Participant information:
    • Name
    • University
    • Degree
    • Program
    • Contact information (email, cell phone number)
    • Supervisor(s) name
    • Proposed thesis or MRP title
    • 3MT presentation title
    • Brief profile (personal and/or research), preferably in the 3rd person and limited to 150 words or less
  • Supporting media:
    • Headshot photograph (original file size is preferred)
    • 3MT slide (slide must be formatted as a 16:9 PDF file)

Note: Please submit all information via our electronic form at the conclusion of your internal event by April 3, 2019, and send all supporting media to grad3mt@mcmaster.ca.


There are no guest rooms available on campus at this time. However, there are hotels close to campus. We have secured a room block for the competition, with a special group rate, at the Visitors Inn for April 16.

  • $119 per room, per night plus HST, based on single occupancy
  • An additional $10 fee per room, per night for double occupancy
    • The block number is under “Ontario Three Minute Thesis Competition.”
    • Call 1-800-387-4620 to book your room.
    • Rooms must be booked by March 16, 2019, to ensure the room and the rate.

Other hotels available in downtown Hamilton that include:

  • Sheraton Hamilton
  • Staybridge Suites
  • Homewood Suites
  • Hamilton Plaza Hotel

If you have any questions of require further information, please contact: grad3mt@mcmaster.ca

Congratulations on your 3MT success! 

The Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS) is pleased to host 3MT competitors for dinner on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. If you are planning to be in Hamilton the evening before the competition, we hope you will join us for food and good conversation.

Location: Dinner will be held at The Phoenix Craft House and Grill, a campus restaurant owned and operated by the McMaster University Graduate Student Association. 

The Phoenix is located inside the Refectory Building at McMaster University.

Time: 6:00 pm

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Julia Colyar (jcolyar@cou.ca).

  • Cover accommodation, travel, and meal expenses for their own competitors and University representative(s) (except for the post-competition lunch described below).
  • Attend the post-competition lunch.
  • Fully register for the competition by the deadline date.
  • Provide the host institution with media contact information for their region.
  • Provide the host institution with all required participant information by the deadline.
  • Provide the host institution with their University’s logo and the URL for their main internal competition web page.
  • Include a link to the Ontario 3MT website on their internal web pages.
  • Ensure that all competitors meet the eligibility requirements of the competition.
  • Ensure that all competitors understand and agree to abide by the rules of the competition.
  • Ensure that all competitors understand that it is their responsibility to seek advice should they have concerns about intellectual property or confidentiality.
  • Ensure that all competitors agree to be photographed, video-recorded, audio-recorded and/or transcripted, and that all competitors permit all of these to be presented in the public domain (e.g., in print, in audio, in video, on University websites, and on other social media sites).
  • Agree that the presentations at the Ontario 3MT competition may be live streamed during the competition.
  • Make all arrangements for the post-competition lunch for all competitors and their University representative (1 competitor + 1 University representative), judges, and VIPs (to be determined by Host university). Additional lunch tickets may be purchased for $40+HST each, and can be done by emailing grad3mt@mcmaster.ca. Universities will be invoiced for the extra lunch tickets.
  • Provide participating Universities with a list of nearby hotels/B&Bs with competitive rates, as well as recommended transit/parking options.
  • Coordinate a dinner for all competitors and their University representative the night before the event, in partnership with the Council of Ontario Universities.
  • Coordinate media coverage both locally and regionally.
  • Select and liaise with all judges.
  • Provide promotional materials for participating Universities’ use.
  • Update the competition manual to assist future host Universities.
  • Create a ‘host’ website for the Ontario competition.
  • Run the competition in accordance with published guidelines, and post videos with closed captioning of all presentations on the ‘Host’ website.

Competition Rules

Developed by The University of Queensland, 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Also see the National 3MT Handbook which the Ontario 3MT rules are modeled after.

  • Students must be registered in a master's (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 master's students are ineligible.
  • PhD and master's students who have defended, but have not yet convocated, are eligible to participate.
  • 3MT presentations must represent the primary research the student conducted in their graduate program.
  • Competitors must present in person and agree to be video-recorded and photographed. They must also allow those video-recordings and photographs to be made public.
  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) is permitted.
  • No additional 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 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 their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final.

Presentations will be judged on the basis of the following:

  • Communication
    • 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?

  • Comprehension
    • 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?

  • Engagement
    • 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?

  • 1st place – $1,000
  • 2nd place – $500
  • 3rd place – $250
  • 4th place - CAGS national finalist
  • 5th place - CAGS national finalist
  • Participants' Choice Award - $250

1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are also selected as CAGS national finalists.

Intellectual Property and Confidentiality

Students must understand that the presentation of their research in 3MT will be publicly accessible (i.e., in the public domain).

The presentation of the research will not affect any pre-existing rights following the competition, except as stated below:

  • Due to the nature of the competition, we will not ask judges, reviewers, staff, or the audience to sign non-disclosure agreements. If your research is being/has been conducted under contract with an outside sponsor, students should discuss the related contractual terms of confidentiality and intellectual property with their supervisor(s) before entering the 3MT.
  • All public sessions of the competition, including but not limited to oral presentations, are open to the public at large. Any and all of these public sessions may be broadcast to interested persons through a variety of media, including the internet.
  • Any data or information discussed or presented in public sessions should be considered ‘public.’ If your research includes confidential or culturally sensitive material, students should discuss your competition entry with their supervisor(s) before entering the 3MT.

McMaster University, in coordinating the 3MT Ontario competition, may take photographs, videotapes, and/or audiotapes, or make transcripts of the presentations, material prepared for use in presentation at the 3MT, and any 3MT related events for promotional purposes and to support knowledge mobilization.

Watch 3MT Live

Come back here on April 17 for the livestream.