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. Mar. 24, 2017UWaterloo 3MT 2017 winners are announced!Emmanuel Alabi and Andria Bianchi

    On Thursday, March 23, 2017 fifteen 3MT finalists from across 6 faculties competed in the UWaterloo 3MT finals.  The winners are:

    First prize: Emmanuel Alabi, PhD Candidate, Vision Science     Presentation title: Objective Measurement of Pain

    Runner up: Andria Bianchi, PhD Candidate, Philosophy Presentation title: Sex, Dementia and Consent

  2. Mar. 9, 20172017 UWaterloo Three Minute Thesis finalists are announced

    The judges have decided

    After nearly a month's worth of faculty-based heats, the fifteen finalists for UWaterloo's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) final competition have been identified. On March 23, 2017 they will compete for prizes and the opportunity to advance to the Ontario Provincial 3MT finals.

  3. 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.

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