Three Minute Thesis, March 14 to 15. Registration opens January 2, 2018.

February 13, 2018

Clear, Brief, Engaging: Your Thesis in Three Minutes

Event Details

Date & Time:

February 13, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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Graduate Student Life

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. But developing the necessary skills has become popular worldwide, skills that become lifetime assets for advancing your career. 

This workshop interactively addresses issues surrounding live presentations, with specific attention to the Three Minute Thesis, also known as 3MT. Workshop topics include storytelling, trust, first impressions, citation, subtext, authenticity, articulation, stage presence, slide design, respecting your audience, admitting setbacks, and more. 3MT case studies from diverse disciplines are analyzed. A Q&A session includes former 3MT finalists. 

Workshop aims: To engage in a free discussion about effective presentations and provide the tools and strategies to help you deliver your best 3MT!

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John Bandler

John Bandler

The McMaster professor emeritus is an engineer, entrepreneur, innovator, researcher, artist, speaker, and author of fiction, including stage plays. He has published 500 papers, won several awards and pioneered space mapping. In 1997, Hewlett-Packard acquired his company, Optimization Systems Associates Inc. A Fellow of several societies, including the IEEE and the Royal Society of Canada, he has been honoured by a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and appointed Officer of the Order of Canada. He mentors individuals for presentations, and has co-initiated 3MT® competitions for the 2017 IEEE International Microwave Symposium. Watch “You, Your Slides and Your Posters: Allies or Foes?”

About John Bandler

Michelle Ogrodnik and Daniel Tajik

Michelle Ogrodnik and Daniel Tajik

Master’s student Michelle Ogrodnik’s presentation, “Sweat so you don’t forget: Using exercise breaks to enhance learning and memory,” was selected as the Participant’s Choice Award in the 2017 McMaster University 3MT competition. Also, she was a winner in the 2017 1-Minute Research Blitz Competition (Bodies of Knowledge) at McMaster.

PhD student Daniel Tajik won both the First Place and Audience Choice Awards in the first ever 3MT competition held at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium for his presentation, “Microwave holography: The future of medical imaging.”