3 Minute Thesis Competition - Physics & Astronomy Heat

Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2017-03-02 16:00 - 17:30
Henn 201
Local Contact: 
Janis McKenna and Douglas Scott
Intended Audience: 

PHAS will participate in the UBC "3 Minute Thesis Competition" ( 3MT ) again this year.  The PHAS heat will be on Thursday  March 2,  4-5:30pm - in the colloquium slot.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that assists current graduate students with fostering effective presentation and communication skills. Participants have just three minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research project to a non-specialist audience.

Whatever your future career after grad school, communicating what you are doing will be a critical skill.  The best way to improve your presentation abilities is through experience.  The 3MT competition is a simple opportunity to hone your skills, and we encourage all grad students to participate. (Students who have defended their PhD, but not yet graduated are eligible)

Our PHAS departmental heat will be Thursday March 2,   4-5:30pm  in HENN 201

Full info on PHAS 3MT heat:    http://www.phas.ubc.ca/~janis/3MT/

Register for the PHAS 3MT heat at: http://www.phas.ubc.ca/~janis/3MT/3MT.PHAS.Registration.html

Register by Monday February 27. 

(we have to report # of participants so FOGS, who’ll let us know how many we get to send to the semi-finals.)

For full info on the UBC-wide 3MT competition, see: http://3mt.grad.ubc.ca/

Rules are online: http://3mt.grad.ubc.ca/participate/rules/

Note: talks are 3 minutes, and just one single overhead slide may be used.

UBC departments run their own 3MT heats. Top student(s) in each heat advance to the UBC Semi-finals  then possibly through to UBC Finals, (then maybe even the Canadian national 3MT, then  the international 3MT.)

There are cash prizes for winners and top finalists at the UBC Finals, as well as at the national and international levels. Additionally,  PHAS will award a certificate and a $100 cash prize to any PHAS graduate student  who makes it to the UBC-wide 3MT Finals.


Come participate!


UBC Grad Studies  is running the final "Strategies for presenting your thesis in 3 minutes” workshops on Wednesday: 

In-person strategy workshop: Wednesday, February 1  10-11:30

Online webinar strategy workshop: Wednesday, February 1  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM


Details, location, and registration for these 3MT Presentation Strategies workshops: http://3mt.grad.ubc.ca/schedule

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