Winner of the OCAD U 3MT Three Minute Thesis competion announced !

Uttara Ghodke
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 5:00pm

On April 2nd 2019, four OCAD U Graduate students presented their research in three minutes or less, competing for the top prize in this year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. After long and thoughtful deliberation, our panel of guest judges declared the winners:

1st Place $750 Winner: Uttara Ghodke
Inclusive Design

The Cross-Sensory Globe: Co-designing a 3D Audio-Tactile Globe Prototype for Blind and Low-Vision Users to Learn Geography

2nd Place $300 Winner: Alana Boltwood
Strategic Foresight and Innovation

Making and using large models of complex systems: The Poverty Reduction Model

People’s Choice: $100 Winer: Uttara Ghodke

Uttara Ghodke will go on to represent OCAD U at the 2019 Provincial Finals 3MT Competition at McMaster University on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019. Uttara will receive $850 and travel support to attend the provincial finals.

Honourable mentions to all of the OCAD U 3MT competitors:

Jad Rabbaa
Digital Futures

MRsive: Enhancing Navigation and Engagement in Museums

Yiyi Shao
Digital Futures

RABBOT - Exploring Shared Awareness in Virtual Reality

Many thanks to our panel of judges:

Richard Fung
David McIntosh
Suzanne Morrissette

And many thanks to Dean Ashok Mathur and David Bateman

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition @ OCAD U - APPLY NOW!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 1:00pm

Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition which challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis (or major research project) and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 3MT is an exercise in consolidating and clarifying research discoveries in a clear and compact manner.

OCAD University’s 3MT competition is an excellent opportunity for the OCAD U community to hear about the dynamic work of graduate students at OCAD U. Students will present concise summations of the research they are conducting for their thesis or MRP and how they are pushing the limits of traditional art, design and academia.

The competition will start at 1PM on Tuesday, April 2nd 2019 in Room 322 at 230 Richmond St. W. The top presenter will also represent OCAD University at the third annual, province-wide 3MT™ competition on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. We hope to see you then!

1st Place: $750

2nd Place: $500

People’s Choice: $100

 APPLY NOW ---> Download application form here

For competition rules, eligibility, judging criteria & prizing ---> Download pamphlet here

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Room 322 at 230 Richmond St. W.
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Digital Futures MDes student Afrooz Samaei competes at the Ontario Provincial 3MT

Afrooz Samaei, the winner of the OCAD U 3MT competition|who represented OCAD U at the 2018 Provincial Finals 3MT Competition at
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 2:30pm

Congratulations to Afrooz Samaei, the winner of the OCAD U 3MT competition, who represented OCAD U at the 2018 Provincial Finals 3MT Competition at York University on Thursday, April 19th, 2018. 20 PhD and Master's students from across Ontario had 3 minutes to present their innovative research ideas.

Afrooz's presented her project entitled, "Parabolas and the Town: Learning Abstract Symbolic Mathematics through Digital Games" in 3 minutes or less to a large audience and panel of judges consisting of:

Rob Baker

Rob Baker is best known as the guitarist for the rock band The Tragically Hip.

Christopher Hilkene

Christopher Hilkene is an environment and sustainable development professional who has provided public policy and communications advice to public, private and not-for-profit sector clients over 20 years.

Karen Kraft Sloan

With forty years in government and the private sector, Karen Kraft Sloan served Canada as the Canadian Ambassador for the Environment and as a federal member of parliament.

Natasha Ramsahai

Natasha Ramsahai is a Meteorologist at 680 All News Radio, CityNews and Breakfast Television. Prior to 680/CityNews/Breakfast Television, Natasha was a Senior Meteorologist at the CBC and key to the creation of the CBC National Weather Centre.

Afrooz holds a B.Sc. degree in Geomatics Engineering and will graduate this June from the Master of Design, Digital Futures program. Afrooz has professional experience in data and visual analytics and tutoring mathematics. Her passion for empowering younger generations with STEM skills motivated her to develop a series of math education video games for her master’s thesis, which focuses on learning abstract symbolic mathematics through video games.

Parabolas and the Town is a math educational video game that targets high school students. The goal is to help players better understand an abstract mathematical concept by connecting it to a concrete situation. The problems embedded in the game illustrate how certain abstract concepts gain meaning within a game world and provide a scenario where students are required to dig into their knowledge of algebra and put it into practice in order to be able to solve the game’s challenges.

For more information about this year's Provincial 3MT competition, visit:


OCAD U 3MT March 6th- APPLY NOW, DEADLINE EXTENDED until March 5th!

In three minutes or less convey the essence of your Thesis or MRP to a panel of judges and a diverse audience using only a single slide.

Performing the Text: Be the Storyteller of Your Research Workshop

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Workshop facilitator Julia Course teaches strategies to relax and prepare your mind and body for a presentation, connect your voice with gestures, hook your audience with a compelling ‘opener’ and rehearse techniques to minimize performance anxiety. As a professional actor with a background in academia, Julia is passionate about the “storytelling” of research — how students can borrow from the toolbox of an actor to captivate an audience.

This dynamic session is suitable for graduate students wanting to enhance presentation skills or participating in any knowledge translation communication challenge (the 3MT® competition).

Julia Course holds an honours B.A. from the Department of Dramatic Arts and a minor in English Language and Literature from Brock University. Awarded a SSHRC grant in 2006, she continued her studies at The School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. Under the supervision of playwright Judith Thompson she completed her M.A. in dramatic literature and theory. Julia is also a graduate of the acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada, and has been an ensemble member of the acting company at the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake since 2010.

Free. All grad students welcome. REGISTRATION required.  Limited space. RSVP to

Venue & Address: 
Room 322 @ 230 Richmond St. W.
Performing the Text Learn strategies to relax and prepare your mind and body for a presentation, connect your voice with gesture