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Challengers from the 2023 3MT Final Event

Dr. Kelley Main, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, with the 2023 3MT final competition challengers.

Graduate students invited to showcase expertise: Three Minute Thesis and Ma thése en 180 secondes applications open

December 18, 2023 — 

The annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT©) and Ma thése en 180 secondes (MT180©) applications are now open for students in thesis based programs. These thrilling opportunities challenge students to condense their complex research into succinct, engaging, three-minute presentations, captivating audiences with the essence of their academic endeavours.

Both competitions seek to foster communication skills, encouraging participants to communicate their research to a broader audience beyond the academic sphere. The ability to convey intricate concepts in a clear and captivating manner is crucial in today’s multifaceted world, and these competitions offer a dynamic avenue to cultivate such abilities.

Key Details for Interested Participants:

  • Eligibility: Open to all graduate students across all disciplines in thesis based programs.
  • Application Deadline: January 29, 2024 at 4:00pm
  • Presentation Guidelines: Participants are required to condense their research into a compelling, three-minute oral presentation using only one static slide.
  • 3MT is an English speaking competition, MT180 is a French speaking competition

Students enthusiastic about showcasing their research and communication skills are encouraged to apply in either or both competitions. Participating in these competitions offers challengers recognition and a platform to refine essential skills crucial for academic and professional success. Plus, there are great cash prizes available!

Last year’s winner Keshav Alagarsamy shares his advice and encouragement to graduate students who are considering applying to compete:

“I used to fear public speaking, but here I am having overcome that fear. It’s a great feeling! This journey has meant more than just presenting my research. It’s been about facing my fear of public speaking. This experience has been discovering that my research connects with people beyond my field. Along this journey I’ve also picked up some pretty neat skills like, how to keep things short and sweet and getting to the point before your audience loses interest, and that’s a skill I will use everywhere.’

The selection of challengers promises to be a celebration of innovation, creativity, and academic excellence condensed into a mere 3 minutes, or 180 secondes, offering a glimpse into UM’s groundbreaking research shaping the future.

For further information and application details, interested students can visit the 3MT and MT180 websites.

Apply to 3MT

Apply to MT180

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