SANORD 2021 – Updated22/12/2020
2021 Brian O’Connell (BOC) Scholarship Programme16/04/2021
SANORD 3MT- Competition 2021
Call open for SANORD universities to submit letter of interest.
- September 2020 – call opens for SANORD universities to submit letter of interest.
- 15 May– deadline for SANORD university to register for the 3MT.
- 30 June– deadline for conducting the local SANORD 3MT competition choose a winner.
- 16 May– #1-PhD-students at each local 3MT submits presentation as a film and a PPT-slide.
- 16 Aug– last date for a SANORD university submission of its winner for consideration for overall 3MT competition
- 9-11 September– presentation at the SANORD annual conference at Bergen University, Norway. Winner announced by the jury at the Conference
How to get involved?
- Register as a university for the competition
- Arrange the local SANORD 3 MT competition at your university
- Submit the winning presentation to the SANORD Central Office
- The global SANORD competition where a panel evaluates submitted presentations and Powerpoint slides (one per student).
Winners and first prize:
- 3 minute presentation at the annual SANORD conference
- Scholarship which covers conference participation and mentorship sessions with SANORD researcher.
- Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
- Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and aims of research?
- Do you know what is significant about this research?
- Did the presentation follow a logical sequence?
- Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
- Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or dumb down their research?
- Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their work?
- Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
- Would I like to know more about the speaker’s research?
- Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
- Did the speaker use sufficient eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and a confident stance?
- Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology that needed to be used, and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
- Did the presenter spend the right amount of time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long or were rushed?
- Did the PowerPoint slide enhance, rather than detract from, their presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?
- One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
- No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
- No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
- Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
- Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
- Presentations are to commence from the stage.
- Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
Selecting Your Judging Panel
- To provide every competitor a similar experience, it is recommends considering the following when composing your judging panel.
- Include between three to five judges on your panel.
- Balance your judging panel by age, gender, academic/professional positions, and discipline.
- Consider including a marketing staff member (for example, a representative from your communication/marketing team or from the Graduate School if applicable).
- While judges should declare any conflict of interest, they should still vote on each 3MT presenter’s oration, even if the presenter is from their discipline.