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3 Minute Thesis


3 Minute Thesis

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 "One slide, no props, 3 minutes"

Registration for 2017 is now OPEN!

3MT® is a university wide competition for Queen’s Masters (thesis or research project) and doctoral students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges.

Distilling research into a clear form, without over-simplifying or making overly-complex, and highlighting the wider implications of this research are important skills to carry into post-graduate employment and public service.

This is a unique opportunity to communicate the innovative and significant research undertaken by our graduate students.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia for research students.

3MT Quick Facts

  • 2008  3MT developed by University of QLD, Australia
  • 2011 UBC, 1st Canadian 3MT
  • 2012 Queen's, 1st Ontario 3MT
  • 2013 Queen's hosts inaugural Ontario 3MT
  • 2014 1st Canadian 3MT
  • 2015 Cara Yin (Queen's), National People's Choice winner
  • 2016 Anastasia Shavrova, 3rd in Ontario 3MT

I wasn’t expecting such a large audience, but it’s these types of platforms that allow students like me to share their research. It is needed in the post-graduate community.

- Mike Best (Psychology), Queen's winner 2014

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