3-Minute Thesis Competition

Graduate Studies

3-Minute Thesis Competition

March 4th, 2021 from 10:00am-12:00pm, Zoom Webinar

The 8th Annual University of Winnipeg Graduate Studies 3-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT™) will be held on March 4th, 2021 from 10:00am-12:00pm! Master’s Students from a variety of graduate programs will compete for a $1000 top prize and a $500 People's Choice Award.

3-Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland which challenges postgraduate degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience within just three minutes.

Students from all programs are encouraged to attend, cheer on their peers, and vote for the People's Choice Award. This event is open to the public!

Registration link will be released shortly.

Coming soon: Meet the 2021 3-Minute Thesis Participants!

Application and Regulations

APPLICATIONS DUE BY January 11th, 2021 at 5:00 pm


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • 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 (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

There will be an online rehearsal for participants before the competition.

For application information please consult the 3-Minute Thesis Competition poster

The winner of this competition will then compete at the Western 3MT Competition and the National 3MT! 

Breanna Meek and Alwyn Go

Congratulations to the 7th Annual 3-Minute Thesis Winners!

Last year's 3-Minute Thesis competition winner was Breanna Meek (MSc in Bioscience, Technology, and Public Policy) for their presentation titled "Integrate me one more time…ERVK integrase as a source of DNA damage in neurodegerative disease". Breanna was awarded the $1000 prize and an opportunity to compete at the Western 3MT Competition at the University of Lethbridge in April with a chance to move on to the National 3MT.

Alwyn Go (MSc in Bioscience, Technology, and Public Policy) was awarded the People’s Choice Award and $500 for his presentation titled "The building block Don’t Fit: A genetic basis to the origin of species".

Taylor Wilson (MDP) was the runner-up with her presentation "Decolonizing the food guides: Learning from Indigenous experiences with food guides in Canada and Internationally".

The Faculty of Graduate Studies thanks all the participants, the judges, and our amazing audience who joined us that afternoon.

To read more on the event, please visit UWinnipeg's 3MT winners announced.

View the winning presentations from 2014 - 2020!

View all of the 3 Minute Thesis Presentation Videos!