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Three Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a university-wide competition for graduate students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in three minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way, using only one static slide. 

This fun and challenging academic competition enables students to showcase their research to a wider multidisciplinary audience, within the university and to the broader public. The competition is open to the public, and is advertised within the community. 3MT® is a unique opportunity to communicate the innovative and significant research undertaken by graduate students.


The 3MT® competition was developed initially by the University of Queensland (Australia) in 2008. 3MT® competitions are now held in over 600 universities and institutions across 65 countries.

The first University of Ontario Institute of Technology 3MT® competition was held in 2013. The inaugural provincial 3MT® competition was also held in 2013, followed by the first Canada-wide competition in 2014.

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Three Minute Thesis

Important dates



Friday, January 11, 2019 3MT® registration opens
Friday, January 25, 2019 Early bird registration deadline
February to March 2019 Coaching sessions
Friday, March 1, 2019 Deadline for supervisor consent form
Monday, March 11, 2019 Deadline for presentation slide
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 3MT® heats
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 3MT® finals
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Provincial 3MT® competition at McMaster University


Why participate?

  • Learn how to concisely explain the significance of your research.
  • Sharpen your presentation skills.
  • Receive individual coaching.
  • Compete to represent the university at the provincial 3MT® finals.
  • Win cash prizes of up to $1,000.

Register for 3MT®

All participants who register on or before the early bird deadline (Friday, January 25, 2019) will be entered in a draw for a $100 gift card. (Must also present at heats to be eligible to win.)


Build your skills and confidence through a variety of coaching sessions. From individual consultations to interactive workshops, each session is designed to help you make the most of your three minutes and put your research into the spotlight.

Each participant is expected to attend at least one coaching session.

Tuesday, February 12 2 to 4 p.m. Selling Your Research John (Mac) MacMillan, former Director of Communications and Marketing
Wednesday, February 20 2 to 4 p.m. (15-minute individual consultations) Visual Components Benjamin Biel, Communications and Multimedia Coordinator, Student Life
Wednesday, February 27 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tame Your Inner Critic Karen Martin, speaker, trainer and coach
Wednesday, March 6 2 to 4 p.m. 9¾ Tips to Add Pizzazz to Your 3MT® Presentation Karen Martin, speaker, trainer and coach
Tuesday, March 12 1 to 4 p.m. (15-minute individual consultations) Coaching feedback Benjamin Biel, John (Mac) MacMillan, Karen Martin

Register for coaching sessions


Tips and resources for your presentation