Three Minute Thesis Competition, Departmental Heat

Graduate Students
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2016-02-25 16:00 - 17:00
Hennings 201
Local Contact: 
Janis McKenna

All PHAS grads are encouraged to come join us in the audience - you'll vote in the "People's Choice" award! 

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. PHAS is participating in the UBC "3 Minute Thesis Competition" ( 3MT ) this year.

Graduate student participants must be in an MSc or PhD program at UBC (Students who have defended their PhD, but not yet graduated are eligible) . The department heat for the 3MT competition is on February 25th. Top students advance to UBC-wide Semi-finals on March 8, and UBC Finals on March 10, 2016.

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

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 small cash prize to any PHAS participant who makes it into the UBC 3MT Finals.  In addition, you get a line for your CV: "Physics and Astronomy departmental finalist for 3 Minute Thesis Competition" - an indicator of your communication skills-- which are very important in scholarship/fellowship competitions such as the NSERC PGS/CGS scholarship and PDF fellowship competitions and UBC UGF competitions.

Check out videos from past winners on the PHAS heat info page:

PHAS student Nathan Evetts went on to be a UBC finalist in 2014. Check out his video below.

Last year, in 2015, two of our PHAS grad students advanced to the UBC Semi-finals.



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