Strategies for Presenting your Research in 3 Minutes (via Webinar)

Date & Time

Thursday, 07 February 2019
14:00 to 15:30



Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success

Registration Closed / Past Event


This session will review strategies for delivering a compelling presentation in the 2019 Three Minute Thesis Competition at UBC (3MT 2019@UBC), valuable methods that may be applied broadly to oral dissemination of your research (conference presentations, job interviews, networking events).

Can you tell me about your research? This question is not always easy to answer when talking to individuals outside your immediate field of research, even harder when you have a short amount of time, and especially when you are alone on stage. How do you engage your audience and maintain their attention? Should you use humor? What is your story?

This interactive coaching session is designed to help participants communicate their research effectively and will provide advice on planning presentations, tips and techniques on delivery, demos and even an opportunity for small group practice.

What is 3MT?

Graduate students participate in 3MT® with the aim of presenting their research to a non-specialized audience in just three minutes. Participants can use only one slide, and are not allowed to use props or aids. The judges look for clear language, a well-structured presentation that engages the audience, and a slide that is designed to support the speaker's points.

3MT® was hosted at UBC for the first time in 2011. We are one of the first North American Universities to follow in the footsteps of The University of Queensland, where 3MT® originated.

For more information about 3MT, visit our website: . 3MT heats take place in February and March, leading to semi-finals and a final in March.


Jacqui Brinkman is the Director of Graduate Student Professional Development at the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Through this role, she works to improve the graduate student experience. Previously, she has managed postdoctoral and undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Medicine and was as a lab-based researcher both within academia and industry. She completed her MSc in Biology at McGill University.

Diana Canals Hernaez is a PhD candidate in Medical Genetics and the first runner-up for the 2016 3MT @UBC Competition. Her 3MT presentation entitled "The role of podocalyxin in cancer metastasis" can be viewed at:

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, January 28 at 9:00am.

Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. Confirmation of registration will be sent within two working days. Technical information on how to access the webinar will be provided with registration. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please send a message to:


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.