Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland which challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or ‘dumbing-down’ research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystallise their research discoveries.
The first 3MT was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 RHD students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010.
Since 2011 the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in at least 170 universities across more than 17 countries worldwide.
In November 2013, the first Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT competition was held with several universities from around the world competing in a virtual competition.
The University of Lethbridge held the first uLethbridge3MT competition in 2014 and was held as part of the Graduate Students' Association Meeting of the Minds conference.
The University of Calgary hosted the first Western Canada 3MT competition on May 2, 2014. Many people came out or tuned-in to the live feed to watch the first Western Canada 3MT competition, where the top 3MT winners from the West competed against each other for a chance at participating in the first Canadian National competition at the end of May.
*Participation in this competition is open to Western Deans Agreement participating Universities hosting a local 3MT competition. Eligible participants are the winner of their local competition, and are Masters or PhD candidates in graduate programs eligible for Tri-Council funding.
For more information on the history and mission of 3MT, visit the official 3MT website.
Registered participants should review the 3MT Information Package for detailed information about the 2018 competition.