3MT - Three Minute Thesis | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

3MT - Three Minute Thesis

 Through this competition, I learned first-hand the power and influence of the pitch.” – 3MT Competitor
I really enjoyed listening to other people’s 3-minute thesis presentations.  It’s so amazing, the breadth of research that we have going on at the University of Guelph.– 3MT Competitor
 This competition has clearly motivated the students to be at the top of their game - 3MT Judge

Why Participate in 3MT?

3MT® is a university-wide competition for graduate students in which participants present their research, creative activity, and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way, using only one slide.

3MT® is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research, but forces students to consolidate their ideas and discoveries to become transferable after graduation. For the 2020 3MT® Competition, each college will hold a competition in order to decide upon two finalists who will advance to the University of Guelph 3MT® Final Competition on April 3rd in the University Centre, 442. The public is invited to cheer on the contestants in both the college heats and the final competition.  Tune in April 6-12 to Youtube,  Facebook and Instagram to vote for the 3MT Community Choice Winner.

The winner of the University of Guelph 3MT® competition will move on to represent the University at the Provincial Competition hosted by the University of Windsor on Wednesday, April 15th, 2020


  • First Prize: $1000 (to be paid against tuition)
  • Runner Up: $500 (to be paid against tuition)
  • Third Prize: $250 (to be paid against tuition)


How to Register

1) Complete the 3MT Registration and Participation Waiver Form

2) Email the completed form to your college's 3MT Coordinator

3) Begin planning your 3MT presentation!

College Heat Information & Registration Deadlines

Tips, Advice & Resources

Come out to the 3MT Workshops! Jan 27 & Feb 12

How To Build a Great 3MT Presentation

Judging Criteria



  • To participate in 3MT® students must currently be registered in a Masters (thesis or MRP only) or PhD program at the University of Guelph and have made substantial progress on their research and analysis.
  • PhD and Masters students who have defended but have not yet graduated are eligible to participate.
  • Presentations must be based on research that is directly related to the student’s graduate program thesis.
  • Presenters must agree to be video-taped



  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
  • No additional electronic media are permitted (e.g. sound and video files).
  • No additional 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 word (eg. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations must be made by memory; notes may not be used.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.




College Heats 

CEPS March 3, 2020 10 am - noon

SSC 1511

Lang March 4, 2020 2:30 - 4:30 pm


CSAHS March 6, 2020 10 am - noon

MCKN 019

OVC March 9, 2020 10 am - noon

PAHL 1810

CBS March 11, 2020 10 am

SSC 1511

OAC March 12 or 13, 2020 (TBC) TBA


COA March 16, 2020 2 - 4 pm

MCKN 132

University of Guelph Final Competition

University of Guelph 3MT® Final Competition April 3, 2020 1:00 pm UC 442

Provincial Competition

The winner of the University of Guelph 3MT® competition will move on to represent the University at the Provincial Competition hosted by the University of Windsor on Wednesday, April 15th, 2020.



Past U of G Winners

3MT 2019 Winner Anthony Incognito

2019 U of G Winner
 Anthony Incognito

2018 National Winner Jenny Liu
2018 U of G Winner
 Jenny Liu


2017 National Winner Shan Krishna Kumar

2017 National Winner Shan
 Krishna Kumar

2016 U of G Winner Peter Park
2016 U of G Winner Peter Park



Previous Winners Archive