University of Regina Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

Important Dates

Conference Dates:

Please register for 1 of 2 possible Qualifying Heat Sessions. Winners from the heats will participate in the final in March, 2018.

Please Note: Space is limited to 20 participants per session, so register early. Deadline to register is on Friday January 26th at 11:59pm.

Heat One: 
Date:Friday, February 9, 2018
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: ED 315
Register in Heat one: https://uregina.libcal.com/event/3440345

Heat Two:
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: ED 230
Register in Heat two: https://uregina.libcal.com/event/3440347

Date: March 2018
Time: TBA
Location: Shu-Box Theatre
Please note that this year the finale will be broadcasted by Access Communications. All graduate students are welcome to attend the presentations as well as the reception (details to follow)

Deadline for Submissions

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us at urgsa@uregina.ca

What is 3MT?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia.  Students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or "dumbing-down" research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. 

Why Participate in 3MT?

At the U of R, 3MT is part of an effort to provide students with an opportunity to develop their oral communication and presentation skills.  

  • Skills Training for Students 
    The exercise develops academic, presentation and research communication skills, while developing research students' ability to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a nonspecialist audience.
  • Building Research Culture in Schools and Institutes
    3MT provides a valuable opportunity for students to come together, get to know one another and talk about their research. It also provides a supportive environment in which Schools and Institutes can provide presentation skills training.
  • Building External Relations for the University
    Each 3MT winner will go on to represent their university at the regional competition which, in itself, provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity.  It has been found that 3MT finalists also benefit from invitations to a variety of other networking events following their participation in the competition.     


Prizes are an important incentive for students entering the competition. 

  • First Prize: $1500 scholarship, and opportunity to represent U of R at the Western Regional Competition (travel, lodging, and registration expenses paid),
  • Second Prize: $1000 scholarship,
  • Third Prize: $500 scholarship

Competition Rules and Guidelines

Eligibility Judging Criteria

Active Masters or PhD candidates are eligible to participate in all levels of the regional 3MT competition. Students with uncompleted projects are welcome to participate. Unfortunately graduates are not eligible for competition.

Judging Criteria

We will follow rules set out by CAGS which regulate Regional and National 3MT competitions in Canada. More information is available here http://www.cags.ca/3mt_judging.php#.Wox67ainF5t


Three non-specialist judges will be viewing the top nine videos in the Canada’s 3MT competition. Here’s what they will be looking for from the winners.


  • Did the presentation provide a background to the research question being addressed?
  • Was the significance and context of the research explained?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?


  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?


  • Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace; and have a confident stance?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate too long on one aspect?
  • Did the presentation feel rushed?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible and concise?