National 3-MINUTE Thesis Competition

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) in Canada

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an internationally recognized competition for thesis-based graduate students in which participants present their scholarly and creative activity and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less.
The challenge is to present complex research in an accessible and compelling way with the assistance of only static slide. Created in 2008 at the University of Queensland, Australia, the competition celebrates exciting and innovative graduate student research while promoting communication, public speaking, and storytelling skills.
The first 3MT competition to be held in Canada took place at the University of British Columbia in 2011, and in 2014 the first national 3MT competition was held. Today, dozens of Canadian universities and research institutes host annual competitions, with winners moving on to one of three regional competitions (Western, Ontario, Eastern) before competing in the National 3MT Showcase. The latter event will be hosted by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Victoria, BC, in November 2023.


2024 3MT Regionals

Western Regional

  • Host: University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus
  • Date: To be determined 

Ontario Regional

  • Host: Lakehead University Orillia Campus
  • Date: To be determined

Eastern Regional

  • Host: Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
  • Date: Friday, 7 June 2024
  • Contact: Isabelle Sabran (

2024 National 3MT Showcase

  • Host: Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS)
  • Date: Friday, 1 November 2024
  • Location: Sheraton Hotel, Toronto, Ontario
  • Primary Contact: Ian Wereley
  • Email: