About the 3MT

The Three Minute Thesis is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. It is a celebration of graduate student research that challenges grad students to communicate the key concepts of their research in a compelling presentation of three minutes or less. The Carleton 3MT began in 2013.

2022 Carleton University 3MT – Top 3 Announced!

The results of the 2022 Carleton University 3MT contest from April 6 are in. The top three presentations were:

First Place ($1000 prize): Rebecca Pinto, Mechanical Engineering, “Can solar energy heat Canadian homes year-round?”

Second Place ($500 prize): Jacquie Ballantine, Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, “Autistic University Students and the Double Empathy Problem”

Third Place ($250 prize): Natasha Kunchur, Biomedical Engineering, “Asthma: The Breath Taking Experience”

People’s Choice Award ($250 prize): Sanghy Ramani, Psychology, “Metformin—can it help people with multiple sclerosis?”

Videos coming soon!

Our 3MT Finals judges were:

  • Nada Elnahla, Carleton’s 2020 3MT Winner and Instructor at Sprott School of Business
  • Joel Harden, NDP MPP for Ottawa Centre
  • Adrian Harewood, Associate Professor and Host of CBC News Ottawa at 6

If you have any questions about the 3MT, please contact david.lafferty@carleton.ca.

3MT Competition Videos

2020 Competition:

1st place

2nd place

3rd place

More details

A panel of judges evaluates each of the presentations.

Participation in the 3MT can be tremendously enriching, both academically and personally. Former participants report that competing in the 3MT helped to build confidence and enhance their academic, presentation, and communication skills. Participants have also enjoyed great research exposure within Carleton, to other departments, and even in media. 3MT participants have been featured in Carleton news stories, departmental websites, YouTube, CBC Radio, and the Ottawa Citizen.

Cash prizes are awarded to the contestants who place 1st ($1000), 2nd ($500), and 3rd ($250) in the finals. The People’s Choice winner receives $250. 

You can find out about rules and eligibility. If you have any questions about the 3MT contest, please email David Lafferty.

2019 Competition:

2018 Competition:

Note: The winner of the Carleton University 3MT, Daniella Briotto Faustino, went on to win 2nd place at the provincial championships held on April 19 at York University. Read more by CLICKING HERE.

2017 Competition:

More videos here (2016, 2015, 2014)!