3MT Rules

  1. Participants must fulfill the eligibility criteria and abide by the confidentiality/intellectual property guidelines outlined below. Before the contest, participants will be required to fill out an Availability and Eligibility form to complete their registration. This form will be provided to participants via email at a later date.
  2. Participants must have support from their supervisor. Please print and complete the Supervisor Support Form and return to David Lafferty at 512 Tory Building or by email to david.lafferty@carleton.ca from the supervisor email address. Supervisor support forms must be received by February 25, 2020.
  3. 3MT presentations must be delivered in person.
  4. Each participant is permitted one static PowerPoint slide with text and/or images to accompany his/her 3MT presentation. Slides may not have video, audio, or animated text.
  5. Presentations are not permitted to include costumes, props, music, video, cue cards or laser pointer.
  6. Presentations exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified.

 3MT Eligibility

  • To participate in 3MT you must currently be registered in a Masters (thesis or research project) or PhD program at Carleton. Note that major research project also includes a documentary or design project.
  • Students registered in degree programs that are strictly course-based are not eligible.
  • MA and PhD students must have made substantial progress on research and analysis of their topic. Each participant must submit the Supervisor Support Form, confirming that that the student has completed substantial progress in research and analysis of his/her research topic.
  • Students that have successfully defended their thesis, but have not yet convocated are eligible.
  • Each participant must consent to have his/her 3MT presentation video recorded and posted on YouTube and webpages within Carleton.ca should the student’s score qualify him/her to be in the top 10 spots.
  • Presentations must be based on research that is directly related to the student’s graduate research.
  • Students that participated in past 3MT competitions at Carleton University but did not place 1st, 2nd or 3rd are eligible to participate again.
  • Presenters must be available to present in person on at the Carleton 3MT on March 23, 2020.
  • The first place winner must be available to present in person at the Provincial 3MT competition held by the University of Windsor on April 15, 2020.

Confidentiality and Intellectual Property Guidelines

  • The 3MT presentation must represent the thesis research of the presenter only. The presentation of the research, will not affect any preexisting rights regarding its use at all times prior to and following the competition except as stated below.
  • Due to the nature of the competition, we will not ask judges, reviewers, staff or the audience to agree to or sign non-disclosure statements. If your research is being/has been conducted under contract with an outside sponsor, please discuss the related contractual terms of confidentiality and intellectual property with your supervisor before presenting your research project.
  • All public sessions of the competition are open to the public at large. Any and all of these public sessions may be broadcast to interested persons through media which may include the internet.
  • Any data or information presented or divulged in public sessions by presenters should be considered information that will likely enter the public realm, and presenters should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information discussed, divulged or presented in these sessions. This means if your research includes confidential or culturally sensitive material you should think very carefully about how you can present this information. We advise that you discuss your competition entry with your supervisor(s) before entering the 3MT.
  • The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, Carleton University and the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition may make photocopies, photographs, videotapes and/or audiotapes of the presentations or material prepared for use in presentation to be posted on Carleton University websites and other publications for promotion of the 3MT competition and future 3MT competitions.
  • Please note that videos of the top 10 finalists of the 3MT competition will be posted following the event on YouTube, Carleton University websites and other Carleton social media platforms to acknowledge the success of the participants and as promotional material for future 3MT competitions at Carleton.

For more information on the 3MT, please contact david.lafferty@carleton.ca.