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National 3MT

Three minutes. Eleven of Canada's best minds. The power of the spoken word. That's the formula for Canada's Three Minute Thesis competition.

A national champion is chosen from eleven finalists from three regional competitions (Western, Eastern and Ontario). Both master’s and doctoral level students are eligible. More than 35 graduate schools from across Canada participated in the English competition in 2015.  Regional competitors are asked to present the complexities of their research in an engaging and accessible way before a live audience. French competitors participate in Canada’s 3MT sister competition sponsored by ACFAS.

  • One take.
  • One static slide.
  • No props.

Video recordings of those presentations will then be profiled for a two week period on the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies website. Non-specialist judges will choose the national winner and a runner from those videos. 

2017 National Competition

Get ready to vote for your favourite 3MT presentation!  Starting on May 12th, voting will be open via the CAGS website.  You will have until 26th May to vote, so don't wait till the last minute.

This year's judges are the lead guitarist of the Tragically Hip (Rob Baker), a radio production duo (Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic - Ideas from the Trenches) and entrepreneur Ian Baines, join forces this spring to judge Canada’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition.  

Regional 3MT competitions have now all been held.

You can support Canada’s graduate students by casting your vote for your favourite presentation – it’s easy. The video with the most votes during the period May 12 to May 26 will receive the Canada’s 3MT People’s Choice Award sponsored by MITACS. The 2nd place prize is sponsored by the Caisse Populaire Rideau-Vision of Ottawa

The national judging of the videos of 11 finalists from those events will take place in May and will be posted on the CAGS website.  Winners will be announced first week of June

2016 National Competition

Get ready to vote for your favourite 3MT presentation!  Starting on May 9th, voting will be open via the CAGS website.  You will have until 19th May to vote, so don't wait till the last minute.

This year's judges are the lead guitarist of the Tragically Hip (Rob Baker), a radio production duo (Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic - Ideas from the Trenches) and the director general of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Dr. Danika Goosney), join forces this spring to judge Canada’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition.  

Regional 3MT competitions are scheduled for:

• Memorial University (Eastern Division) - April 27
• Wilfrid Laurier University (Ontario) - April 14
• UBC (Okanagan) (Western Division) - April 29 

CAGS also works with Association francophone pour le savoir – Acfas to sponsor Ma thèse en 180 secondes .It takes place this year at UQAM (Montreal) on May 11.

The national judging of the videos of 11 finalists from those events will take place in May and will be posted on the CAGS website.

2015 National Competition

This year’s judges were Dr. Chad Gaffield, University of Ottawa Research Chair in Digital Scholarship; Alejandro Adem, Mathematician and CEO of MITACS; and Sophie Nadeau, communications consultant and former TV producer.  They focused on how finalists told the story of their research, with a particular emphasis on clarity and passion.

Results 2015

Place Name University Title of Presentation
1st Place Elizabeth Watt (Physics & Astronomy) University of Calgary Permanent Breast seed implant: Improving patient experience in early-stage breast cancer
2nd Place Rebecca (DeLong) Dielschneider (Immunology) University of Manitoba Lysosomes as targets in leukemia
People's Choice Chenman (Cara) Yin (Physics) Queen's University Seeing the world at the tip of a laser beam

Watch the 2015 National 3MT


2014 National Competition

Results 2014

Place Name University Title of Presentation
1st Place Joseph Donohue (Biochemical Engineering)  Western University  Scale-up of a Circulating Fluidized-bed Bioreactor
2nd Place Kyle Massia (History) Saint Mary's University Crossing Past and Present - Ampelmann and the Memory of East Germany
People's Choice Kirk Luther ( Psychology) Memorial University Child Interviewing Practices in Police Organisations

Learn more about the national winners on the CAGS website.