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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.

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 are profiled for a two-week period on the CAGS website. The national judges’ panel chooses 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. Information on the winners for 2016 can be found at: http://www.acfas.ca/medias/communiques/2016/05/11/these-en-180-secondes-mt180-gagnantes


Canada’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Winners: Clarity, Savvy and Making a Difference

Ottawa - A PhD candidate working on the development of a pharmaceutical treatment as an option to delicate surgery is Canada’s Three Minute Thesis champion. Gah-Jone Won is a doctoral student at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science and the Department of Biology. His work focuses on the crystalline lens, a structure within the eye that changes shape in order to focus on nearby objects.

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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