3 Minute Thesis / Ma thèse en 180 secondes

“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 HouleProgram Description

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. Graduate students have 3 minutes to present a compelling presentation of the impact of their thesis to a non-specialist audience, using one static slide. 3MT competitions are now held in over 350 universities in 59 countries around the world.

This past year's workshops took place from January 28th - March 1st, 2019.  The final competition took place on March 12th, 2019 in Tanna Schulich Hall. 

Watch the 2019 3MT Finals

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.
  • Submissions for proposals to present can be in English and French.


Training Workshop Information

Graduate students who submit to the 3MT/ MT180 participate in an intensive communication and presentation skills training program that prepares them to compete in preliminary heats. From the heats, a small group of finalists are selected to advance to the University-wide 3MT/ MT180 competition. Finalists also receive one-on-one training prior to the final competition.  

Participants can participate in two training sessions. Training sessions will allow participants to practice their presentations and receive constructive feedback prior to competition Heats. Upon registration to the McGill 3MT, participants may sign up for one training session the first week and return a week later, after having made amendments to the presentation, to practice a final time prior to the heats.




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