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

3MT® 2020

In March of 2020, College Heats for the 3MT® competition were held and shortly after, challenges resulting from COVID-19 caused a postponement of campus finals. With great effort from the student participants and keen collaboration from our panel of judges, we were able to host the campus finals event online! 

The results are in! Congratulations to the winners of the University of Guelph 3MT® 2020 finals. Thank you to all those who participated! Videos of the winning finalists are linked below. Find a complete list of finalist videos here

3MT® Winners

People's Choice Award


Screenshot of College Heat finalists during the 3MT live finals.


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

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

MACS 129

CSAHS March 6, 2020 10 am - noon

MCKN 019

OVC March 9, 2020 10 am - noon

PAHL 1810

CBS March 11, 2020 9:30 am

SSC 1511

OAC March 12, 2020 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Johnston Hall 

COA March 16, 2020 10 am – noon

PAHL 1810

University of Guelph Final Competition

2020 Virtual competition concluded. Watch the presentations.      

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 is now postponed.



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