fb pixel

3-Minute Thesis Competition

The 10th Annual University of Winnipeg 3-Minute Thesis Competition: 3MT X

March 3, 2023, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Eckhardt Gramatté Hall

In three minutes you can brush your teeth, shoot off a quick e-mail, or listen to your choice of any song from the Beatles' Revolver. Can you deliver the contents of your graduate level research to a general audience?

Registrations are open for the 10th Annual University of Winnipeg Three-Minute Thesis Competition, 3MT X!

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. The competition challenges graduate students to deliver a compelling presentation of their research and its significance to room of non-experts in three minutes or less.

Participants compete for a $1,000 first-place prize, a $500 second-place prize, a $500 People's Choice award, and the opportunity for an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2023 Western Regional competition hosted by the University of Saskatchewan (date TBA).

All University of Winnipeg graduate students are encouraged to register for this event.

Registration Instructions and Deadline

All University of Winnipeg graduate students are eligible for this competition.

To register, students should prepare a title and 150-word abstract for their Three-Minute Thesis presentation and submit their details using the the online application form.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, January 17, at 11:59 p.m.
Participants will be contacted with additional details shortly after the deadline.

Presentation Rules and Regulations

Presentation Rules:

  • A single,static, 16:9 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.
Judging Criteria

Competition are asked to evaluate each presentation along two dimensions: Comprehension and Content, and Engagement and Communication.

Comprehension and Content

  • Presentation provides an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed
  • Presentation clearly describes the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes
  • Presentation follows a clear and logical sequence
  • The thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes are communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience
  • The presenter spends adequate time on each element of their presentation (they do not elaborate on one aspect for too long, nor is the presentation rushed).

Engagement and Communication

  • The oration makes the audience want to know more
  • The presenter neither trivializes nor generalizes their research
  • The presenter conveys enthusiasm for their research
  • The presenter captures and maintains their audience's attention using stage presence, eye contact and vocal range.
  • The PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation. It is clear, legible, and precise
Previous Competitions

To view information about previous competitions, including videos of the presentations, please see:

Winning presentations from 2014 - 2022

3-Minute Thesis Competitions 2014-2022