The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

Carleton University’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) contest will take place on Wednesday, March 13, in Richcraft Hall (second-floor conference rooms). Registration is now open!

There are two 3MT training sessions scheduled for February:

Friday, February 8, 2019 / 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / 482 MacOdrum Library

Friday, February 15, 2019 / 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. / 482 MacOdrum Library

If you have entered the contest, or even if you are still undecided, we encourage you to attend. You can attend one or both of the sessions. You are not required to have a polished presentation, but be ready to talk about your research! If you have a presentation already prepared, we will provide constructive feedback. You are also not required to attend the entirety of each session, but if you are going to arrive late in the session, please email david.lafferty@carleton.ca to let us know.

About the 3MT

The 3MT 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 and has grown in popularity every year. A panel of judges from within Carleton, the Ottawa community and from the Graduate Students’ Association evaluates each of the brief, compelling presentations.

Participation in the 3MT can be tremendously enriching, both academically and personally. Winners receive cash prizes and the opportunity to represent Carleton at the provincial competition in April. Former participants report that competing in the 3MT helped to build confidence and enhance their academic, presentation, and communication skills. Participants also enjoy 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. The top two competitors are typically featured on the front of the general graduate brochure produced by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.

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. The 1st place winner will also receive an expenses-paid trip to compete in the 3MT provincial competition.

Scroll down to watch compelling videos of previous finalists, or find out about rules and eligibility. If you have any questions about the 3MT contest, please email David Lafferty.

3MT Competition Videos

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)!