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Important Dates

Provincial and National Competition dates


2020 Competition dates



Monday, January 6, 2020

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) registration web form opens.  Register to compete today!

Friday, January 24, 2020 Registration for the 3MT closes.
Thursday, January 30, 2020

3MT training session: Part 1, including a panel discussion and breakout sessions. *

Thursday, February 13, 2020 3MT training session: Part 2, breakout session. *

* offered in partnership with the Writing and Communication Centre

2020 Faculty-based heats

The Faculty-based heats will take place February 3-March 13, 2020.  Winners of the heats move forward to represent their faculties in the 3MT University-wide final.  If you are a competitor, review the slide submission requirements page.

Competitors are encouraged to attend all faculty-based heats. Please check the slide submission deadlines for your faculty-based heat.

Faculty Date Time Location
Applied Health Sciences

Thursday, March 12, 2020

2:30 pm LHS 1621

Friday, March 6, 2020

11:00 am

HH 1102


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

2:30 pm EV3 1408
Engineering - Architecture Tuesday, March 3, 2020 1:00 pm Third floor loft, room 3003 (Cambridge)
Engineering - Chemical Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:30 pm E7 7303/7363
Engineering - Civil & Environmental and Management Sciences

Monday, February 3, 2020

1:00 pm

E7 7303/7363

Engineering - Electrical & Computer Tuesday, February 4, 2020 10:00 am E7 7303/7363
Engineering - Mechanical & Mechatronics

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

10:00 am

E7 7303/7363
Engineering - Systems Design

Thursday, February 6, 2020

12:00 pm

E7 7303/7363

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

10:30 am

DC 1302

Science Tuesday, March 3, 2020 2:00 pm STC 0060

2020 University-wide final

Date Activity

June-July 2020

The live event has been cancelled due to COVID-19, and the 2020 university-wide final will take place virtually.

3MT University of Waterloo finals are hosted by Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs.

  • This year's virtual competition will launch at the end of June 2020.
  • Participate in the People's Choice award vote! Stay tuned for more details.
  • Judges will deliberate virtually, and winners will be announced in July.

2020 Province-wide competition

Date Activity


The live event has been cancelled and will become an online competition in the coming months. Stay tuned for more details. 

The University of Waterloo 3MT winner will participate in the provincial final hosted by the University of Windsor.

2020 National competition

Date Activity

This event has been postponed until future notice. Stay tuned for more details. 

The Canadian National 3MT competition is a virtual competition.