Gong Show

The goal of the Gong Show is to excite the local community about research happening here in the Faculty of Science at Memorial University! Student, post-doctoral, and faculty presenters are challenged to pitch their research – jargon-free – in three minutes or less. 

Unlike the 3MT, where presenters must describe a thesis to a general scientific audience, the Gong Show presenter must describe their science in a way that anyone can understand, and the use of props is highly encouraged!  

If a presenter uses too much jargon, or the audience is no longer following, judges and audience members can “gong” the presenter. This will signal the speaker to explain their research more clearly.   

Judges will include local community members and the top undergraduate and graduate/post-doctoral presenters will win cash prizes! 

Check out some examples of science gong shows: 

University of Colorado Gong Show (Project Bridge) 
Pint of Science online gong show 


2023 Gong Show Presenters

Axel Belgarde, Physics and Physical Oceanography
Where’s the fish? Modeling split-beam sonars for fisheries

Hortense Brown, Biochemistry
How COVID-19 affected students

Ashlee Coles, Psychology
Characteristics associated with cannabis consumption and their impacts on stigma toward the cannabis consumer

Mark Corrigan, Psychology
Different behaviours and brain activity levels are associated with earlier vs. later stages of a mouse model of depression

Kaylee Dyall, Psychology
Oops, I did it again! Can self-compassion help married couples fix relationship mistakes?

Marilena Geng, Physics and Physical Oceanography
Ice Age 6: The Climate Cycles 

Kenzie Grace
I Got It From My Mama: How Parents Can Mess Us Up

Victoria Heath, Ocean Sciences
How do Wild Atlantic Salmon fair against Hot Temperatures (and Climate Change)?

Varleen Kaur, Biochemistry

Grace Mercer, Chemistry
Predicting Preterm Birth

Adam Meyer, Biology
Does moose marching matter?

Ava Rasouli, Biochemistry
Dietary vitamin B6 and the pathophysiology of Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) 

Waleed Mannan Khan Sherwani, Scientific Computing
Tech meets Nature: A Showcase of Swarm and Biologically Inspired Robotics 

Ali Salman, AbedAlAziz AlTawabin, Basel Mohamed and Sarah Duraid, Biology
A Villain & a Hero