The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is an internationally recognized research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland in 2008. The 3MT® is a unique competition that challenges thesis-based graduate students to present their research and its significance in only three minutes, with only one PowerPoint slide, in language appropriate to a general audience. Due to its success, competitions are now held annually around the world.

The 3MT® competition challenges graduate students (Master and Ph.D.) to present their research and its significance in three minutes using a single and static slide. The goal of the competition is not an exercise in trivializing or simplifying research but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research students and encourages their skill in communicating the importance of research to the broader community. 

The 3MT® is designed to share and celebrate the outstanding research of our dedicated students and to provide students the opportunity to showcase the importance of their work. This celebration of research offers an invaluable opportunity for graduate students to compose and present their research in a way that engages the academic community and refines the quality of their work.


Graduate students interested in participating in this year’s 3MT® Competition must submit abstracts that are no longer than 250 words.

All 3MT® participants will be competing for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and Honourable Mention prizes valued at $1000, $500, $250, $250, respectively. The winner will secure a spot at the Western Regional Competition.

This years 3MT Competition will be held on March 26th, 2021 via WebEx.

The registration deadline is March 19th, 2021. Click here for the online application.

For competition rules and judging criteria click here.

The 2021 3MT Competition will be held on March 26th, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on a virtual platform. 

National 2019 3MT® Finalists: HERE

More information about The Western Regional Finals for the 3MT® will be posted when dates and venues are released.

For more information, please contact the GSA VP Academic and Student Affairs at

Past Winners

1st Place: Roland Macana

2nd Place: Sajna Simon

3rd Place: Adesola Olufade

Honourable Mentions:

  • Brittney Lins
  • Mays Al-Dulaym
  • iVedashree Meher

1st Place: Farzad Dehghan

2nd Place: Miranda Zwiefelhofer

3rd Place: Nicholas A. Belliveau

People’s Choice: Miranda Zwiefelhofer

Honourable Mention: Alivia Mukherjee

1st Place: Shaunti Bergen

2nd Place: Farzad Dehghan

3rd Place: Christopher Mahadeo

Honourable Mention: Edgar Martinez-Soberanes

1st Place:  Ahmad Karimi

2nd Place:  Kayla Cropper

3rd Place:  Alivia Mukherjee

Honourable Mention:  Ninu Kallingal Mohandas