Three Minute Thesis in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies


The ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies and the Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Research Group are pleased to present the Three Minute Thesis Competition.

The Three Minute Thesis is a skills development activity that challenges graduate students to explain their dissertation or thesis research project to a non-specialist audience. The idea is for students to orally convey the significance of their work using a maximum of three slides in just three minutes. Their ability to present their research to a multidisciplinary audience in accessible and engaging language will be evaluated.

Adjudication Criteria – Three core competencies:

• Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?

• Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?

Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more?

ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies Three Minute Thesis Prizes:

• Winner: $500

• Runner-up: $300

    Requests to Participate:

All University of Alberta graduate students who are enrolled in a master’s or PhD graduate program with a research project on socio-cultural, historical, religious and/or political issues in Muslim contexts are invited to submit an abstract to present. The competition will be held at Room 134, Telus Centre, University of Alberta on Thursday, 28 February 2019, 6:00 PM.

Interested students must submit a 250-word abstract outlining the focus, goals, and significance of their thesis research. Please submit your abstract by Friday, 15 February, 2019  here.


• Maximum three PowerPoint slides are permitted.
• Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes may be disqualified.
• No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
• Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.