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

The 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition will take place on March 21, 2018. Training sessions will be held on Monday, February 12, 2018, from 2 to 4 p.m. in 482 MacOdrum Library and Thursday, February 15, 2018, from 2 to 4 p.m. in 482 MacOdrum Library.


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: 1st ($1000), 2nd ($500), and 3rd place ($250) winners and the People’s Choice winner ($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

2017 Competition:

More videos here (2016, 2015, 2014)!