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Three minutes. Eleven of Canada's best minds. The power of the spoken word.

That's the formula for Canada's Three Minute Thesis competition. This annual virtual event is sponsored by CAGS.

The 2016 champion will be chosen from eleven finalists from three regional competitions. This year’s regional hosts are Memorial University, UBC Okanagan and Wilfrid Laurier University. Both master’s and doctoral level students are eligible.

Regional competitors are asked to present the complexities of their research in an engaging and accessible way before a live audience.

One take

One static slide.

No props.

Video recordings of those presentations will be profiled for a two-week period on the CAGS website. Three non-specialist judges will choose the national winner and a runner up based on those video presentations. Voting for the People’s Choice winner is open to the public and based on the number of likes/votes a particular video has received on the CAGS page.

First place winner receives $1,500 and an all-expenses paid trip to the CAGS annual conference. Second place winner and People’s Choice winner receive $1,000 and $500 respectively.

CAGS also works with Association francophone pour le savoir – Acfas to sponsor Ma thèse en 180 secondes .It takes place this year at UQAM (Montreal) on May 11.


Countdown to Canada’s National 3 Minute Thesis.

On May 9, Canada’s top 3MT thesis videos go live right here on the CAGS website.
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A Message from 2015 National Champion – Elizabeth Watt.

“Canada’s 3MT is just one example of excellent professional development opportunities offered to today’s graduate students. The idea that researchers need to present their ideas and results to the public is gaining traction. The speeches that I had the opportunity to hear at every level of the competition covered a vast range of topics.”
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Canada’s 3MT: From Coast to Coast

Participating grad schools arrange workshops, do coaching and organize local events that refine communication skills. Whether it is an elevator pitch, a job interview or explaining your work to your community – a clear, engaging style is a definite asset. And for most of us, it is a skill that only comes with practice.
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Advice from a former Canada 3MT winner

What will it take to win the 2015 Canada’s 3Minute thesis competition?
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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.


3MT How-To Video