3 Minute Thesis



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“The 3MT helps you learn how to share your research to large diverse crowds of people in the most digestible way possible. This is likely one of the best skills you will ever learn!”

MT180 Winner Gabrielle Houle

2021 3MT/MT180 Competition

In the University-wide McGill 3MT/MT180 competition, graduate students have the chance to showcase their leading-edge research before a live audience. With only three minutes and a single slide, students must engage their audience and convey the complexities of their work to a diverse, non-expert audience. A panel of multidisciplinary judges select winners to represent McGill at the CAGS 3MT Eastern regional finals and concours ACFAS Ma thèse en 180 secondes. There is also be a People’s Choice Award chosen by the audience and those watching through the livestream. 

About 3MT

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a global competition, founded by the University of Queensland in 2008, that cultivates graduate students' academic, presentation and research communication skills. 3MT competitions are now held in over 350 universities in 59 countries around the world. 

Eligibility for participation

  • McGill’s 3MT competition is open to all Masters and Doctoral students who wish to present in English (Winners in the final competition represent McGill at the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS) 3MT Eastern regional finals).
  • The Ma thèse en 180 secondes (MT180) McGill competition is open to Masters and Doctoral students who wish to present in French. (Winners in the final competition represent McGill at Concours d'association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS). Please note only Doctoral students can qualify to advance to ACFAS)
  • Students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
  • Students must be registered in an active Master’s or PhD program at McGill (including thesis under submission). The student’s program must include a significant research project (i.e., thesis, major research project, or dissertation) that is expert-reviewed in order to complete the program. *Note: Master’s programs that are entirely course-based are not eligible.

Timeline for Competition

This year’s training and competition will take place online via Zoom and myCourses. Secure your spot in the competition, participate in the training sessions and heats.

Please note that the 3MT training and competition require a time commitment of 2-4 hours per week, depending on how much time and energy you are willing to put into preparing for the competition.

Training Session 1: Crafting your 3-Minute Talk
Please arrive prepared with an outline of your presentation and a draft of your slide.
January 25-29, 2021
Training Session 2: Practice and Feedback
Please arrive prepared to deliver your presentation for this training.
February 2-11, 2021
Qualifying Heats February 15-19, 2021
Final competition March 18, 2021

3MT/MT180 myCourses module

Your registration will grant you access to the 3MT/MT180 myCourses module in which you will be able to sign up for individual training sessions, view video resources, access training modules, and ask any questions you may have.

Presentation Training Sessions

You will have the opportunity to sign up for TWO (each optional, though highly recommended) skills training sessions where you will be given useful tips and advice for creating a winning presentation.

At the training sessions:

  • Participants will practice their presentations before a panel of coaches and peers.
  • Presentations will be video recorded and given to you after the session.
  • Participants will give and receive constructive feedback on their presentation and communication skills.

You can then take this feedback, along with the video recording, to revise and enhance your presentation over the course of a week. In the second training session, you will present your re-worked presentation and receive another round of feedback. The goal of this training program is to provide you with instruction and feedback to prepare you for the first round of competition at the McGill 3MT/MT180 Heats.

Heats and Final Competition

Heats: Only 12 to 15 students will be selected from the Heats to move forward and compete at the McGill 3MT/MT180 Finals, held on March 18, 2021. Participants will be judged using the same criteria at both the heats and the final competition. Judges are from diverse backgrounds and will be judging competitors based on their engagement/impact, comprehensibility, and communication style.

Heat Winners: These students will receive an additional round of training prior to the Final competition. One winner of the Finals will move on to represent McGill at the Provincial and National competitions, respectively.



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