3Minute Research Presentation (3MRP)

Submission Deadline




Friday May 24, 2019 by 11:59 pm

Notices of Acceptances by
Tuesday May 28
Abstract Notification
What is 3MRP?

Instead of the standard poster presentation, the HDEART Consortium introduces a new and exciting event!


3Minute Research Presentation (3MRP) is a face-paced, intense and entertaining competition in which presenters have just three minutes to explain the significance of their research project in health disparities. This competition is based on the 3Minute Thesis(R) competition developed by the University of Queensland. Instead of using academic or scientific language, presenters focus describing their problem statement and ways in which their research represents a concrete solution to a health disparity problem.  


3MRP abstracts are formatted slightly differently from traditional research abstracts.  

They tend to be more descriptive, and use plain words clearly designed for non-academic audiences. These abstracts also tend to be worded persuasively, because the intent is to convey not only what your research is about, but why it matters!  The intention is to explain your research or creative work and its significance for a general audience (non-academic). In other words, you are telling a short story!

Links to example abstracts:

Link to excellent resource on how to prepare your presentation:

Abstracts: Requirements and Format

Your abstract MUST include results.  Incomplete projects or for data not yet analyzed are not allowed.

  • Maximum of 2800 characters (including spaces). This is equivalent to approximately 400 words.

  • Address the following questions: 

    • What is the problem your research attempted to address?

    • Why is this problem important?

    • What did you (and/or your team) do to try to answer the research question/solve the problem?

    • What did you find / What were your results?

    • So what? Why are your results important to the world?


Our submission system does NOT allow revisions to your abstract once you begin the application.  Thus, we strongly recommend that you write and edit the abstract first, check the word count, etc. using a word processing application, then copy and paste into the submission site. 

Presentation / Competition Rules and Regulations
  • A 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 (eg. 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 expert panel is final


* Note: Source of rules and regulations are credited to the University of Calgary and the University of Queensland)

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