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Deadline extended: Grad students – Apply for the 3MT competition now! 

2022 applications accepted until Jan. 25

January 20, 2022 — 

Attention current UM graduate students! The time is running out to apply for the 2022 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. Submit your application before the submissions window closes on January 25. 

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an international research communication competition where graduate students have three minutes and one static slide to explain their research to a panel of judges and an audience. 3MT® is designed to challenge students to succinctly convey ideas and principles of research in a way that will be understandable to a non-specialist audience. 

Nolan De Leon, a master’s student in physiology and pathophysiology, participated in the 3MT competition last year. He explained his thesis on using circular RNA for the prognosis and diagnosis of congenital anomalies and won first place at the ninth annual University of Manitoba Three Minute Thesis competition in 2021. 

“The [3MT] competition was a great way to introduce me to all of the wonderful work being done in our university and gave me a chance to hone my skills as an effective communicator,” says De Leon discussing his experience. “As a scientist and an aspiring physician, I believe that communication is key to understanding problems and providing patients with the best care. By finding ways to turn our research into a conversation, we ultimately bring our ideas to life.” 

Challengers will be announced the week of February 9, 2022 and will present in three heats via an online platform on March 2, 3, and 4, 2022. The top three, selected by a panel of judges in each heat, will be awarded $200 and advance to the 3MT final. Wildcard selections from each heat will also be chosen to compete in the final event.  

“I encourage all graduate students in thesis based programs to consider submitting an application to participate in the 10th annual competition at UM.  This competition has become a well-established platform for students to share their research and its impact, and how it resonates with a public audience,” says Acting Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Kelley Main.

Challengers of the final 3MT competition have the opportunity to win the following prizes: 1st Place: Dr. Archie McNicol Prize ($2500); 2nd Place: University of Manitoba Retirees Association Prize ($1250); and 3rd Place ($750). A People’s Choice Prize of $200 will also be awarded. The winner of 3MT® 2022 will compete in the 3MT Canadian Regionals (Western) and will have the opportunity to advance to the Canadian National Competition. 

To apply, you must be enrolled in a thesis-based program, and you will need to upload a 30 second video with a brief description of your research. The application, rules, and eligibility can be found here. 

Applications for 3MT® 2022 close January 25 at 11:59 p.m. – apply now. 


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