Judging Criteria

Presentations will be judged by a panel of judges from the University of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge community. All of the judging criteria have equal weight. Note that each criterion has an emphasis on the audience.

During the practice sessions, the Practice Analysts will follow the same criteria as judges for the Qualifying Heat and Final Competition, although less emphasis will be placed on the audience as the sessions will not include an audience.


  • Did the presentation provide a background to the research question being addressed?
  • Was the significance and context of the research explained?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?


    • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
    • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
    • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
    • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?


    • Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
    • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
    • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace; and have a confident stance?
    • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate too long on one aspect?
    • Did the presentation feel rushed?
    • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible and concise?

    Registered participants should review the 3MT Information Package for detailed information about the 2018 competition.