3MT® Challenge

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been cancelled.


abstract submission deadline: March 13, 2020


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) challenge is an opportunity for students to talk about their research and why it matters in a way that will inform and captivate people outside of their disciplines. Along with keeping to the three-minute time frame, the contestants are limited to using only one static PowerPoint slide for the duration of the presentation.

History of 3MT®

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition was initially developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, soon followed by other Australian and New Zealand universities, 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 and Western held competitions in 2012, challenging sister institutions to join in a province-wide competition.

3MT® Event Schedule

Please mark these dates in your calendar in the event that you become Brock’s finalist and move forward to the provincial finals.

Brock Competition Round:  Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 @ 12 noon, Pond Inlet

Provincial Final:  To be determined

Advancing from Brock to the Provincial & National competitions

Winner: $500 and expenses-paid trip to compete at the Ontario competition
Runner-up: $250

Since 2013, Brock has held an annual 3MT® Challenge for master’s and PhD students. The winner of Brock’s challenge is awarded $500 and will compete for provincial glory with an expenses-paid trip to the Ontario 3MT® context.

The Brock runner-up will receive $250. The 3MT® Challenge is organized by VITAE Essential Skills as part of the year-round MNK events leading up to conference day.

Brock’s winner advances to the Ontario contest that brings together students from across the province and across multiple disciplines and provides them with a unique opportunity to learn about each other’s research activities. In addition to hearing presentations, graduate students will have ample opportunity to discuss more fully their research with other presenters, graduate students and faculty who attend the event.

In addition to contributing in this way to a province-wide research culture, the provincial competition also encourages the development of professional skills for graduate students. The top finishers from Ontario will advance to a virtual national competition held in June.

Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) is the host of Canada’s 3MT® Awards. This virtual event is typically held in June each year. A national champion is chosen from eleven finalists from three regional competitions (Western, Eastern and Ontario).


Submit 3MT® Abstract

If you are a current registered graduate student who has made substantial progress (final stages of research) in your master’s thesis, PhD program or a master’s research project OR if you have successfully defended your thesis, but have not yet graduated.

*** Your presentation must be based on your research and directly related to your graduate program thesis. You must also agree to be video-taped. Please read fully the eligibility and rules page before submitting a proposal.