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17 Jan 2014

National 3-Minute Thesis Competition


Three minutes. Eleven of Canada's best minds. The power of the spoken word.

That's the formula for Canada's first ever Anglophone national Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) to be held May 2014. And we are happy to announce that CAGS is sponsoring this virtual event.

The winner will be chosen from eleven finalists from three regional competitions (Western, Eastern and Ontario). Both master’s and doctoral level students are eligible.

CAGS is also partnering with Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS) to present a national francophone competition. This live event takes place on May 14, 2014 at Concordia University and is open to francophone contestants from across Canada.

The regional competitors are asked to present the complexities of their research in an engaging and accessible way before a live audience.

One take.
One static slide.
No props.

Video recordings of those presentations will then be profiled for a two week period on the CAGS website. Three non-specialist judges will choose the national winner and a runner up based on those video presentations. There will also be a People's Choice winner based on the number of likes a particular video has received.

Awards will be presented in June 2014 and include cash prizes.

The 3MT concept has had widespread international popularity since it was developed by the University of Queensland in 2008. In Canada, UBC ran the first university based competition in 2011. In 2013, 16 Ontario universities sent representatives to the inaugural Ontario competition. This year's competitions promise to be the largest so far.

Ontario - McMaster University (April 24, 2014)
Western Canada - University of Calgary (May 2, 2014)
Eastern Canada - Dalhousie University (April 24, 2014) [includes Anglophone contestants from Quebec]

Take a look at some of the best Canadian and international presentations from previous competitions.  

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