Frequently Asked Questions - Students
Q – What proportion of my degree has to have a research component for me to be eligible to compete?
A – You are eligible to compete in the Ryerson competition if your degree involves a thesis, dissertation or MRP. You must have a supervisor and have submitted your proposal.
Q – I was a student at the time of my competition at my university, but will graduate before the Ontario competition. Am I eligible to enter?
A – Yes. If you are eligible at the time of your university’s competition, you will remain eligible for the Ontario competition, regardless of your program status.
Q – I have participated in the 3MT® before. Can I participate more than once?
A – As long as you are not a previous winner, you are welcome to enter again.
Q – Can I present my oration via Skype?
A – No. Also, the winner will also be expected to attend the Ontario competition in person.
Q – Can I present my oration as a poem, rap or song?
A – No. The 3MT® is primarily about developing students’ oration skills.
Q – Can I use a laser pointer or note cards?
A – No.
Q – Does my slide have to be in PowerPoint?
A – PowerPoint is the preferred format as all slides will be collated into a single PowerPoint presentation.
Q – How many transitions or animations can I have in my slide?
A – None; the slide must be static and not change in any way during the presentation. Your slide must be displayed for the duration of your presentation.
Q – Do I have to use a slide?
A – No, the slide is optional as the emphasis is on the oration.
Q – What happens if my presentation is longer than three minutes?
A – In all finals, a 30-second warning will be provided to competitors (and a bell will sound at the three-minute limit. If a presenter continues to speak after the bell they will be automatically disqualified.
Q – Is there a dress code?
A – There is no stipulated dress requirement such as “smart casual”. Please wear whatever is comfortable. NO COSTUMES (including hats, masks, etc).
Q – Will I be able to see a countdown timer at my final?
A – Depending on the room and AV that is provided we will attempt to provide a countdown timer.
Q – Can I win more than one category?
A – Yes, it is possible to win a place (1st or runner up) and win the People’s Choice Award (or for the Ontario Competition, the Participants’ Choice Award).
Q – What is the People’s Choice Award?
A – This is a winner that is selected by either the audience or the competitors (not the judges).
Q – What happens if I cannot attend the Final?
A – The winner of each the final is expected to represent Ryerson University at the next stage of the competition. If the winner is unable to attend the final, the runner-up will proceed to the next round of the competition.
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.