3MT® Eligibility and Rules


The contest is open to currently registered graduate students who have made substantial progress (final stages of research) in a master’s thesis, a master’s research project, or a PhD program

  • Students who have successfully defended their thesis, but have not yet graduated are also eligible
  • Presentations must be based on research that is directly related to the student’s graduate program thesis.
  • Presenters must agree to be video-taped.
  • Presenters must be able to attend provincial competition.
  • The 3MT® must represent the thesis research of the presenter.

NOTE: Past winners & runner-up will not be eligible

If you are not eligible to compete in 3MT® you can consider giving an oral or poster presentation at the Mapping the New Knowledges (MNK) conference.


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description, the slide is to remain in view for the duration of the oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and/or video files) are permitted
  • No props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken (i.e. No poems, raps or songs)
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech
  • The decision of the judges panel is final

Confidentiality and Intellectual Property

Students must understand that the presentation of their research in 3MT® will be publicly accessible, i.e. in the public domain.

The presentation of the research, will not affect any pre-existing rights following the competition except as stated below:

  • Due to the nature of the competition, we will not ask judges, reviewers, staff or the audience to sign non-disclosure statements. If your research is being/has been conducted under contract with an outside sponsor, please discuss the related contractual terms of confidentiality and intellectual property with your supervisor before participating in this competition.
  • All public sessions of the competition, including but not limited to oral presentations, are open to the public at large. Any and all of these public sessions may be broadcast to interested persons through media which may include the Internet.
  • Any data or information discussed or presented in public sessions should be considered ‘public’. If your research includes confidential or culturally sensitive material we advise that you discuss your competition entry with your supervisor(s) before entering the 3MT®

Brock’s Faculty of Graduate Studies, in coordinating the 3MT® Competition, may take photographs, videotapes and/or audiotapes of the presentations or copy material prepared for use in presentation at the 3MT® for promotional purposes.