About 3MT

Imagine having only 1 static slide and 3 minutes to explain the breadth and significance of your research to a non-specialist audience. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition asks University of Waterloo research-based master's and doctoral students to do just that.

First established in 2008 by the University of Queensland (UQ), the 3MT is now a prestigious international research communication competition that cultivates students' presentation and communication skills and provides them with invaluable networking opportunities. Winners also have the potential to win thousands of dollars in prizes.

According to Andria Bianchi, runner up in University of Waterloo 3MT competition in 2017 , the competition is a life-altering experience in many ways: 

Although it can, indeed, be a nerve-wracking experience, I am confident that at least one positive consequence will result from participating, and maybe more...

  1. Jan. 10, 20183MT coaching sessions to be hosted by the Writing & Communication Centre

    Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) is excited to host the 6th annual 3 Minute Thesis Competition! As a resource to competitors the Writing and Communication Centre will be offering 3MT coaching sessions which will include:

    Part 1) A panel discussion of experts and former competitors on January 18, including: 

  2. Jan. 4, 20183MT registration now open

    Registration for the 6th annual 3MT is now open! Register by January 26 to compete.

    Grad students will have only 1 static slide and 3 minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research to a non-specialist audience. Not only does this competition help hone your presentation skills, it also gives you the chance to win some great prizes!

  3. Apr. 4, 2017New AHS video features students explaining value of 3MT

    Each year, graduate students in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences participate in the global Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Using just one slide and three minutes - contestants must showcase their research for the wider community. Watch the story of three students.

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