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. Apr. 20, 20182018 Ontario Three Minute Thesis (3MT) winners are namedOntario 3Mt finalists

    On Thursday, April 19, 2018 the Ontario Three Minute Thesis competition was hosted by York University.  Twenty of the top 3MT competitors from their respective universities from across Ontario gathered to compete.  With just three minutes and one static slide to disseminate the importance and impact of their graduate research, competition was fierce.  The quality of presentations was remarkable, and the esteemed judges had a difficult task in selecting five winners from the group of twenty.  After a long period of deliberation, the winn

  2. Mar. 22, 20182018 UWaterloo Three Minute Thesis (3MT) winners announced3MT Winners, Tina, Greg and Percy.

    On March 21, 2018 we watched fourteen students compete to see who would represent University of Waterloo in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Ontario provincial competition.  The Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages was filled with excitement!

  3. 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: 

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