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What is 3MT® ?

3MT® is a university wide competition for Masters (by thesis & 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.  The challenge is to present complex research material in an engaging, compelling way, using only one slide.


The Three Minute Thesis 3MT® competition was initially developed by The University of Queensland in 2008 to promote effective communication of research.  The success of the first Queensland competition prompted other Australian and New Zealand universities to run their own competitions, culminating in the first Trans Tasman competition held in 2010.

3MT has spread internationally: from Tokyo, London, Edinburgh, Vienna, to Vancouver and now Ontario.  UBC ran the first Canadian competition in 2011; Queen’s was the first Ontario University to host a 3MT® competition, followed by Western (both in 2012), and subsequently challenged sister institutions to join in a province-wide competition, which Queen's hosted in April, 2013.

Past Competitions

Photo of 2015 Queen's Three Minute Thesis finalists




Queen's 3MT Finalists - 2015 (View 2015 Video/Photo Gallery)

1st place - Chenman Yin (Engineering & Applied Physics), 2nd place - Nicolle Domnik (Physiology), People's Choice - Changhai Zhu (Biology)


Finalists 2015 (Left to Right): Kevser Aktas (Mathematics - Post Doc), Changhai Zhu (Biology), Amy Rentz (Civil Engineering), Oluwatobiloba Moody (Law), Chenman (Cara) Yin (Engineering & Applied Physics), Nicolle Domnik (Physiology, DBMS), Stephane Leahy (Mechanical & Materials Engineering), Michelle North (DBMS - Post Doc), Valeria Li (Geological Sciences), Evelyn Popiel (Biology)



Photo of 2014 Queen's Three Minute Thesis finalists




Queen's 3MT Finalists - 2014 (View 2014 Video/Photo Gallery)

1st place - MIke Best (Psychology), 2nd place - Mary Chaktsiris (History), People's Choice - Sima Zakani (Mechanical & Materials Engineering)


Finalists 2014 (Left to Right): Mike Best (Psychology), Mary Chaktsiris (History), Jasmin Ma (Kinesiology & Health Studies), Sanchari Sur (Gender Studies), Michelle van der Pouw Kraan (Geological Engineering), Sima Zakani (Mechanical & Materials Engineering), Paul Vernon (Education), Hayley Roberts (Biology), Joshua Alpern ( Biology), Lorraine Van Zon (Education)




Photo of 2013 Queen's Three Minute Thesis finalists




Queen's 3MT Finalists - 2013 (View 2013 Video/Photo Gallery)

1st place - Xiaoqian Liu (Education), 2nd place - Ryley Beddoe (Civil Engineering), People's Choice - Alaa al-Helaili (Physiology - DBMS)


Finalists 2013 (Left to Right): Haroon Malik (Computing), Laurelle Veloce (Physics), Rana Pishva (Psychology), Ryley Beddoe (Civil Engineering), Xiaoqian Liu (Education), Heather Ridgway (Rehabilitation Science), Sharief Oteafy (Computing), Jasmin Ma (Kinesiology & Health Studies), Frank Secretain (Mechanical & Materials Engineering), Alaa al-Helaili(Physiology), Mitchell Anderson (Physics),  Joel Roediger (Astro physics), Nida Latif (Psychology), - Photo By: Chi Yan Lam




Photo of 2012 Queen's Three Minute Thesis finalists



Queen's 3MT Finalists - 2012 (View 2012 Video/Photo Gallery)

1st place & People’s Choice – Jennifer Campbell (Engineering Physics), Runner up - Ann McKellar, (Biology)


Finalists 2012 (Left to Right): Brandon Tozzo (Political Studies), Jun Liu (Biology), James MacLeod (Pathology & Molecular Medicine), Dana Knarr (Education), Charla Gray (Rehabilitation Science), Sylvia Bawa (Sociology), Ann McKellar (Biology), Jennifer Campbell (Engineering Physics) & Xu Han (Biology)



Past Ontario 3MT competitions

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2013 - hosted by Queen's University

2014 - hosted by McMaster

2015 - hosted by Western University