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

2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Info Session

Are you interested in entering Carleton’s 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition? Even if you are only curious, we hope you will attend our 3MT Info Session on January 17, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in 482 MacOdrum Library. We encourage eligible graduate students from all of Carleton’s faculties to participate in the 3MT. Come and find out what it’s all about! REGISTER HERE

The 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition will take place in March of 2018, with registration in January and training sessions in February.

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, find out about rules and eligibility, and check out our resource page for more videos and information. If you have any questions about the 3MT contest, please email David Lafferty.

3MT Competition Videos

2017 Competition:




2016 Competition

The 2016 Three Minute Thesis Competition was held on March 1. Congratulations to the winners. Our thanks to this year’s judges and the Graduate Students’ Association for hosting the post-social event.

2015 Competition

2014 Competition

The Top Three Winners of Carleton’s 2014 Three Minute Thesis competition were:

Rounding out the list of Top 10 Finalists were: Heather Auld and Samantha Frasz (Biology), Colin Capaldi and Kojo Mintah (Psychology), Elizabeth Rousseau (Cognitive Science), Robin MacEwan (Social Work), and Jean-Daniel Medjo (Systems & Computer Engineering).