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MSB David Naylor Student Commons/Stone Lobby (1 King’s College Circle)
  • November 15, 2019 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Sponsored by Dalla Lana School of Public Health, this event brings together students, faculty and our esteemed community partners and showcases Public Health Sciences Masters and PhD students’ practical experiences and original research. Come spend an afternoon with us in celebrating students’ outstanding work! PhD students will participate in the 3-Minute-Thesis (3MT) competition and all students can present their posters to judges! An award ceremony will take place at the end.


Click here for 3MT Program Flyer

Click here for the Poster Program Flyer &  Click here for Poster Program Abstracts

Click here for PhD 3MT Judging Rubric

Click here for Masters and PhD Poster Judging Rubric


11:30AM-12PM Lunch

12PM Opening remarks

12:30-1:30PM PhD 3MT competition in MSB2172

1:30-2PM Masters and PhDs Poster Evaluation by 1st judge (all posters will be displayed from 12-3PM)

2-2:30PM Masters and PhDs Poster Evaluation by 2nd judge

2:45-3:15PM Awards and closing remarks

NEW!   The abstracts of Masters and PhD students for 3MT and posters will have the opportunity to be published in the inaugural issue of the University of Toronto Journal of Public Health. Those selected for inclusion will be contacted by an editor of the journal.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019 5pm Students will be notified of decision regarding poster oral presentation abstract submission

Sunday, October 27, 2018 11:59PM  Deadline for Masters poster & PhD 3MT slide+poster submission – DLSPH will cover the cost of printing for your poster in black and white (paper quality) only. Late posters and 3MT slides will not be considered.

Instructions for Abstract submission – same for Masters and PhD students:

  • Maximum of 300 words
  • Written for a wide audience, outlining the public health impact and implications of the work.
  • Written clearly and concisely for a multidisciplinary audience. Think about what any DLSPH student/faculty would need to know in order to understand this poster and why should they be interested?
  • Why is it important for public health?
  • What does it contribute to public health?

Masters students:

Posters presentation – we encourage all MPH students to submit an abstract for a poster that showcases work from any stage of research or practical experience. At least 2 judges will circulate and provide feedback/ask questions about each poster.

Students can choose to present a poster in 1 of the 2 categories: Practice or Research:

Practice: The poster focuses on your practicum experience or projects you worked on, that may or may not be research related.

Research: The poster presents a research project. It will most likely be set up as a conventional research poster with background, methods, results and implications.

We strongly encourage poster presenters to view the PhD 3MT Competition at 12:30PM. All poster presenters are expected to be by the posters from 1:30-2:30pm as judges will be circulating.

PhD students:

We strongly encourage PhD students to participate in the 3MT Competition and present their Posters to judges at Research and Practice Day. There will be an award for the 3MT competition winner and PhD students are also eligible to compete in the poster awards. PhD students can choose to participate in:

  1. 3MT competition + poster judging (strongly encouraged) or
  2. 3MT competition only or
  3. Poster judging only (see above instructions).

3MT Competition – Participants have three minutes or less to present their research to a panel of non-specialist judges. This competition is a unique opportunity for graduate students to showcase their innovative and significant research in a concise manner.  Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.

Rules to 3MT Competition:

  • A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations, or “movement” of any description are allowed), and the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration and remain in view for the duration 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 in standard oratory prose (i.e., no poems, raps or songs, other than those that may be the target of research).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • A panel of judges will provide feedback regarding each presentation on a rubric.
  • More information and resources will follow once PhD students submit their abstracts for the 3MT competition.


Late posters and 3MT slides will not be considered.

Poster – Once the abstract has been submitted and accepted, DLSPH will print your poster (36” height x 48” width) for free. The poster will be in black and white – paper quality. You can also choose to use a colored pre-printed poster. If you choose to bring your own poster, you do not need to submit an e-copy.

It is not advised that dark colors be used. If possible, you should submit a poster that is black and white (and gray if you would like some slight shading). In the past, students have submitted colorful posters but they turn out to be too dark and text was very hard to read.

Multiple cash prizes available.  Award Ceremony Prizes will be awarded at the reception held at the end of the event. To be eligible to win a prize, presenters must be present during the award ceremony.

Questions – please contact Sarah at