At every level of the competition each competitor will be assessed on the judging criteria listed below. Each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience.

Comprehension and content

  • Presentation provided clear motivation, background and significance to the research question
  • Presentation clearly described the research strategy/design and the results/findings of the research
  • Presentation clearly described the conclusions, outcomes and impact of the research

Engagement and communication

  • The oration was delivered clearly, and the language was appropriate for a non-specialist audience
  • The PowerPoint slide was well-defined and enhanced the presentation
  • The presenter conveyed enthusiasm for their research and captured and maintained the audience’s attention

It is recommended that the following be taken into consideration when composing the judging panel.

  • Include three to five judges on your panel;
  • Balance judging panel by age, gender, academic/professional positions, and discipline;
  • Consider a marketing/communications member; and
  • While judges should declare any conflict of interest, they should still judge each 3MT presenter’s oration, even if the presenter is from their discipline.