Three Minute Thesis, March 13 to 14, registration opens Jan 7.

February 14, 2019

Authentic, Engaging, Clear: Your Thesis In 3 Short Minutes

Do you dread talks crammed with jargon and fine-print detail? Don’t let yours be one of them. This workshop addresses issues surrounding live presentations, suggesting do’s and don’ts, with specific attention to the Three Minute Thesis (3MT).

Event Details

Date & Time:

February 14, 2019
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

It's challenging to present highly complex, technical material in three minutes, to kindle surprise and curiosity in your audience, to make them want to hear more. Developing those necessary skills – skills that become lifetime assets for advancing your career – is important.

Perhaps you fear being too brief – like ending with time to spare – so your audience might think you have little to say. Perhaps you fear being too clear, so that your setbacks and possible holes in logic are too obvious. Or perhaps being too engaging might come across as phony or reveal that you're not a serious scholar.

Fear not! This workshop can help you navigate your journey to better communication skills.

Covered during the workshop:

  • story-telling
  • trust
  • first impressions
  • citation
  • subtext
  • authenticity
  • articulation
  • stage presence
  • slide design
  • respecting your audience
  • admitting setbacks

3MT presentations from diverse disciplines will be examined and a Q&A session features former 3MT finalists.

Enjoy a discussion about effective presentations, and learn more about tools and strategies to deliver your best 3MT.


John Bandler

John Bandler

John Bandler, McMaster professor emeritus, is an award-winning engineer, entrepreneur, innovator, researcher, artist, speaker, and author. He has published over 500 papers and pioneered space mapping. In 1997, Hewlett-Packard acquired his company, Optimization Systems Associates Inc. A Fellow of several societies, he has received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and appointed Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2018 he received the Professional Engineers Ontario Gold Medal. He mentors individuals for presentations, and has co-initiated various 3MT competitions, including at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium.

Michelle Ogrodnik

Michelle Ogrodnik

Michelle Ogrodnik is a PhD student in Kinesiology and a Student Educational Developer at the MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching. She is interested in developing instructional strategies to improve learning for students. She has experience presenting her research to a wide range of audiences, from elementary school students to the Governor General. Michelle won the Participant’s Choice Award in the 2017 McMaster University 3MT competition, was one of two winners in the 2017 1-Minute Research Blitz Competition at McMaster and, most recently, was selected as a national winner in the 2018 SSHRC Storytellers Competition.

Daniel Tajik

Daniel Tajik

Daniel Tajik is a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, developing microwave image processing algorithms for use in medical diagnostics. His interests include breast cancer imaging, stroke detection, concealed weapon detection, and antenna design for satellite communications. In 2017, he won both First Place and Audience Choice Awards at the inaugural IEEE International Microwave Symposium 3MT competition. In 2018, Daniel won first place for the same presentation in the first ever Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate 3MT competition at McMaster.