OCAD U graduate student makes it to Three Minute Thesis provincial finals

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 8:00pm

Mary Baumstark (MA 2016), graduate student in the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (CADN) program will join 20 doctoral and master’s degree students from across Ontario to present their research at the provincial finals of the Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT Ontario) on April 14 in Waterloo. 

Baumstark’s thesis “Craftivist Clay: Activism and Resistance in Contemporary Ceramics” was written under the supervision of Dorie Millerson, Chair, Material Art & Design. Mary competed with nine other graduate students at the OCAD U 3MT Competition on April 6. The judging panel included OCAD U professors Anda Kubis, Jana Macalik and Sarah McLean-Knapp.

The 3MT is a communications competition for graduate students. Developed in Australia by the University of Queensland in 2008, it challenges students to explain their research in plain language in just three minutes.

The 20 competitors on the provincial level are all winners of local competitions hosted by every university in Ontario.

Evoking images of “American Idol,” the 3MT Ontario judges will score the quality of the presentations and the presenters’ ability to engage the audience. The judges for the 3MT Ontario are:

  • Rob Baker, guitarist for the Tragically Hip
  • David Meyers, chief executive officer of Iceberg Vodka
  • Susan Anzolin, chief financial officer for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
  • Ken Steele, chief futurist at Eduvation
  • Gohar Ashoughian, university librarian, Wilfrid Laurier University

The judges will select winners of the 3MT Ontario, who will receive $2,000 in total prize money. As well, the top five presenters will move onto the national level, an online competition coordinated by the Canadian Association of Graduate Schools.

The 3MT is hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University and is open to the public.

The event will be livestreamed starting at 10 a.m., on Thursday, April 14.


Fourth year CRCP Thesis student is looking for artwork that appeals to more than just the eye

Photo of artwork on easels, yellow filter
Friday, December 11, 2015 - 5:00am to Monday, January 4, 2016 - 5:00am

DEADLINE: January 4th at 5:00pm
Submit Up To 3 Works
Open to ALL Artists

Fourth year CRCP Thesis student is looking for artwork that appeals to more than just the eye! As an antidote to “Anti-Retinal” art, artist Marcel Duchamp brought to life The Readymade, challenging conventional notions of what is and what is not considered art. Looking for works which attract the mind and incorporate the playfulness, humor and manipulation of The Readymade. This can include but is not limited to works that surround themes of authenticity, facades, reproduction, context displacement, language displacement etc...
Chosen works will be included in an exhibition in spring of 2016 in Toronto.
Accepting all mediums of work.

Please send documented work as JPEG's.
For performance, digital video or any time based works please upload video documentation to YouTube or Vimeo and send the URL and password (if required).
Clearly label each work with your name, dimensions, medium and any other critical information pertaining to your work.
Please send all submissions to crcpthesis@gmail.com

Works will be reviewed after the submission deadline, and you will be contacted if your work has been chosen.


OCAD U congratulates Amy Satterthwaite on her 3MT win

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 4:00am

Amy Satterthwaite, MDes, is OCAD U’s 3MT competition winner for her three-minute presentation, “Foresight for Every Kid.” Runner-up went to JP King, MA, for his talk, “The Journal of Disposability and Ex-Possession.” Amy will represent OCAD U at the provincial competition in London, Ontario, on April 23, 2015.

The 3MT (three minute thesis) competition, developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, gives each graduate student presenter three minutes in which to distill her or his research project, with the help of only one static slide.

3MT 2015: Three Minute Thesis Competition

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Monday, March 9, 2015 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

The challenge:

In three minutes or less, using a single “slide”, convey the essence and importance of your Thesis or MRP research
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that fosters effective presentation and communication skills among graduate students. Participants have just three minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research project to a non-specialist audience. This year the regional competition will be held at the University of Western Ontario (http://grad.uwo.ca/3mt/).

3MT was developed by The University of Queensland in 2008, and is now held at twelve countries around the world. The Office of Graduate Studies is hosting OCAD University’s competition on March 9th, 2015.

The best presentation will go on to represent OCAD University at the provincial finals to be hosted at Western University, in London, Ontario, on April 23, 2015. The top presenter, runner up will receive cash prizes and travel support to attend the provincial event. The audience will also have a chance to vote their favorite presentation for the “People’s Choice” award.

Want to know more about 3MT? Check out their website here: http://threeminutethesis.org/

Eligibility: OCAD U Master's students who have an approved thesis or Major Research Project (MRP) proposal on file with the Office of Graduate Studies.

• A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted
o no animation or movement
o No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files)
o No additional props (e.g. costumes or instruments)
• Must present in-person
• Must relate directly to student’s thesis/dissertation research
• Presentations limited to 3 minutes
• Adjudicating panel decisions are final


• 1st Place - $750 with travel support to attend the regional competition at the University of Western Ontario
• 2nd Place -$500
• People’s Choice - $100 Gift Card

If you’d like to participate in this great opportunity, please contact the Graduate Studies office to have an application form sent to you. You must submit a completed 3MT application to the Office of Graduate Studies (digitally) no later than Friday, February 27th, 2015.

For more information please contact the Office of Graduate Studies:

Telephone: 416 977 6000 x423 - Please clearly state your interest in 3MT at the beginning of your message and leave a return phone number or email address.
Email: gradstudies@ocadu.ca - Please include "3MT" in the subject of your email
Twitter: @OCADUgrad
Facebook www.facebook.com/OCADUniversity

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge: Room 187 100 McCaul Street Toronto Ontario M5T 1W1
http://Local Competition: grad.uwo.ca/3mt/ International 3MT: threeminutethesis.org/
416-977-6000 x 423