Final competition details

3MT postcard

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) finalists from across six University of Waterloo faculties will compete to win money and advance to the 3MT Provincial finals!

Competitors will have 1 static slide and 3 minutes to present the breadth and significance of their graduate research to a non-specialist panel of judges.

Be part of the action by selecting the People’s Choice award winner with your smart device; no need to register. First come, first seated.

The final competition will be held at 3:00pm on March 20, 2019 in Modern Languages, Theatre of the Arts.

Hearing assist and accessible seating is available at the University final. If you require either or, please contact Katie Couto.

Please Note: No food or drink will be permitted in the auditorium. Bottled water is permitted (no glass water bottles please).

Special Guests

Guest Speakers

Jeff Casello

Linda Warley 

Masters of ceremonies

David Abou Chacra

Rebecca Stirling


Guest speakers

Jeff Casello is the Associate-Vice President of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs and a Professor in the School of Planning.

Linda Warley is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Arts, an Associate Professor in the Deparment of English Language and Literature, and the Faculty Chair for the 3MT competition at Waterloo.

Masters of Ceremonies

David Abou Chacra is a PhD candidate in Systems Design Engineering. After winning the Systems Design Engineering faculty heat in 2018, David represented the department in the university-wide 3MT finals with his presentation “20/20 computer vision” (YouTube). David is also collaborating with a research team that is working with the Ministry of Transportation to detect problems with provincial highways.

Rebecca Stirling is an MSc student in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Rebecca was the Faculty of Science 3MT heat winner in 2018 and completed in the university-wide 3MT finals where she presented her research on “Glacial geology south of Lac de Gras, NWT, and its potential implications for mineral exploration” (YouTube). Rebecca is also a current Director for the Graduate Student Association.


Bob Egan is the Manager, Community Development at the Kitchener Public Library, where he oversees the Library’s digital studio space. Formerly a member of the award-winning Canadian rock band Blue Rodeo, Egan is also a co-founder of the charity 100 Guitars for 100 Kids, which provides musical opportunities to kids that need them. This is Bob’s second time judging the University of Waterloo 3MT finals!

Gary Klassen is a Technical Lead / Manager at Google in Kitchener. An alumnus of the University of Waterloo, Gary spent many years working at BlackBerry (formerly Research in Motion) where he created the BlackBerry Spark and BlackBerry’s famous Instant Messaging system – BBM – before heading to Google. This is Gary’s second time judging the University of Waterloo 3MT finals!

Kelly McManus is the Senior Director, Community Relations & Events at the University of Waterloo. In her role, Kelly represents the University on a wide range of community initiatives, including the Region’s Immigration Partnership Council and the City of Waterloo’s Town & Gown Committee. In 2017, Kelly was appointed a Canada 150 Ambassador by the Mayor of the City of Waterloo.

Craig Norris is the lead singer for The Kramdens, and a host on CBC Radio. He is very musically talented; he spent years studying piano at The Royal Conservatory of Music and, in high school, he added saxophone, clarinet and flute. As part of his work at CBC, he hosted and co-produced the critically acclaimed current affairs CBC show, Know Your Rights: A Field Guide to The Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Craig is a long-time supporter of the University of Waterloo 3MT having been involved in the university finals every year since it began in 2013!

Beisan Zubi is the Community Relations Manager at Communitech, an innovation centre dedicated to growing Waterloo Region’s thriving tech sector. In this role, Beisan works to increase understanding between tech and non-tech communities through community engagement, philanthropy, volunteerism, partnerships and more. Beisan also previously worked on Parliament Hill, and has campaign experience on the Provincial and Municipal levels of government.