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 Gah Jone Won, winner of the University of Waterloo and National 3MT in 2016, the competition is a valuable one: 

 3MT is a friendly contest between graduate students, but above all else, it challenges young researchers to be clear, concise, and captivating about their work.

  1. Jan. 27, 20173MT: You absolutely can do thisCheryl Chan

    Last year, I participated in Waterloo’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. I signed up early—on a whim—after receiving a departmental e-mail. The registration process was deceptively easy, but preparation for my 3MT was an unfamiliar and difficult journey.

  2. Jan. 23, 2017New 3MT coaching session format a boon for students3MT coaching session

    Each year, the Graduate Studies Office (GSO) hosts a coaching session for all students who register for the Three Minute Thesis competition. This year, the GSO decided to shake things up by partnering with experts from the University of Waterloo’s very own Writing Centre.  

  3. Nov. 28, 20163MT registration opens December 5, 2017!

    Registration for the University of Waterloo Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) will open on December 5, 2017. 

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