A celebration of innovative research by graduate students in Ontario. After seeing the success of the Three Minute Thesis competition in Australia and New Zealand, it was only a matter of time before Universities in Ontario decided to not only run their own events but also have a province-wide competition.
In 2012, Queen's, Western and McMaster got together to discuss running an Ontario competition, based on the rules of the original 3MT from the University of Queensland. It was decided that Queen's would host the inaugural competition, with McMaster in 2014 and Western in 2015.
When the call to see how much interest in the rest of the province for the competition, it was incredible to hear that all had an interest and 16 actually registered for the first competition in 2013. Interesting to note that other than Queen's and Western, no other Ontario University had actually run their own event yet!
Hosted by McMaster University
This year the seventh Ontario 3MT competition will be in Hamilton and hosted by McMaster University. It is anticipated that all graduate Universities in Ontario will participate which will make yet again another fantastic day showcasing graduate research.
The final was held on April 17th at 10 am.
Hosted by York University
This year the sixth Ontario 3MT competition will be in Toronto and hosted by York University. It is anticipated that all graduate Universities in Ontario will participate which will make yet again another fantastic day showcasing graduate research.
The final was held on April 19th at 10 am.
Hosted by the University of Waterloo
This year the fifth Ontario 3MT competition will be in Waterloo and hosted by the University of Waterloo. It is anticipated that all graduate Universities in Ontario will participate which will make yet again another fantastic day showcasing graduate research.
The final was held at the CIGI Auditorium in uptown Waterloo on April 12th at 10 am.
Hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University
20 Universities and the competition just gets better each year. Hosted by Wilfrid Laurier and with representatives from the North American Association of Graduate Studies in the audience, the calibre of talks was incredible. It was no easy feat for the judges to come up with the top five to go on to represent Ontario at the National final.
Hosted by Western University
19 Ontario Universities were represented again this year. Presentations from laser beams and surgery, to knitting for men, kept the whole audience entertained. Emcees for the day were grad students Joseph Donohue (the 2014 national champion) and Alexander Moszczynski. They kept us laughing with the impromptu selfies and Twitter hashtags.
Hosted by McMaster University
19 Ontario Universities were represented this year and all who attended agreed that Vanessa Hayward and her colleagues at McMaster, hosted an excellent event. While waiting for the judges to score each participant, the audience was treated to impromptu masters from the “National Theatre of the World” company – Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram. Having the whole event streamed live also allowed friends, colleagues and family to watch their favourite participant.
Hosted by Queen's University
The inaugural Ontario 3MT® Competition was hosted by Queen’s University on April 18th(4 pm start, Kinesiology & Health Studies Building, room 100), 2013. Future competitions will be held at McMaster University (April 24th, 2014) and Western University (2015).