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3MT Competition Application

The 3MT 2018 online application is closed! The Challengers will be announced Friday, February 2.

Application Deadline: Monday, January 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST

Apply for 3MT

Applicants need to upload a 30-second video, the written requirement has been waived for this year. This video can be shot on any video recording device―even a smart phone. If students don’t have access to a recording device they can borrow an iPad from the Faculty of Graduate Studies. To make arrangements to borrow the ipad please contact Jaclyn Forbes.

The 30 second video: The objective of your video is to convey, in 30 seconds, the main points of your research to a non-specialist audience, similar to the way that you would present at 3MT. It is important that you try to avoid using complicated, technical terms. Do not worry about video quality and you do not need to include a background slide. Your presentation style and how confident you are explaining your thesis is key.

Shoot a video like a pro:

Tripod / Flat surface
It’s a lot harder than it looks to pull off the dynamic shaky-camera look. By balancing your recording device on a tripod or flat surface you’ll get rock-steady footage.

Raise the lights
Good video is all about lighting, lighting, lighting. Bring as much light into the room as you can, turn on lamps and open blinds to let outside light in. However, don't stand in front of that window, otherwise you will be a silhouette.

The most important element in this video. The microphones built into a smart phone are fairly basic, recording audio from any direction. Your best bet is to get as close to the microphone as possible without sacrificing your shot.

Set up your shot
Don’t go overboard! We recommend a shot from the waist up on a plain background. Try to center yourself on the screen.

Deadline | January 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST

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What to include:

  1. Introduce yourself.
  2. State the program you are in.
  3. Explain the most interesting part of your research and what sets it apart.

Additional Tips:

Check out this video of Karlee Dyck, 2016 winner, who shares her tips on how to create an application video.

  1. Ensure the lighting is good. Stand near a light source so that your face is well lit, but do not stand in front of the light, otherwise you will be in silhouette.
  2. Speak clearly and slowly so the committee can keep up with what you are saying.
  3. Record the video in one shot – editing is not necessary.
  4. 30 seconds is a short amount of time. Make every moment count and avoid filler words like “um”.