3-Minute Thesis Canadian Eastern Regional Competition

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
1:00 - 3:00pm

Thomson House Ballroom
3650 McTavish Street
Montreal, QC H3A 1Y2

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Event Description

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition is an international competition that brings together graduate students to present their years of research to a non-specialist audience in 3 minutes. Originating at the University of Queensland in 2008, today over 600 institutions host a 3MT competition annually in 63 countries. On April 18, McGill University will host winners from Quebec and Maritime universities at the Canadian Eastern Regional competition. The winners of this competition will advance to the CAGS national competition. 

The competition is open to the public and free to attend. Join the audience in person or online by livestream (details to come).


Students will compete for the following prizes

  • 1st place - $1,000
  • 2nd place - $500
  • 3rd place - $250
  • People's Choice Award - $250

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will advance to the CAGS national competition. 

Information for participating universities

Universities in Quebec, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia are invited to register their institution for the Eastern Regional competition. The registration fee for each university is $500, as set by CAGS. Payment can be coordinated withalastair.hibberd [at] mcgill.ca ( Alastair Hibberd). After your institutional competition, you will need to provide us with information about your student competitor (form coming soon). 

Deadline to register your institution by alastair.hibberd [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Participating%20in%20Eastern%20Regional%203MT, body: Hi%20Alastair%2C%0A%0AOur%20university%20wishes%20to%20participate%20in%20the%20Eastern%20Regional%203MT%20Competition%20at%20McGill%20on%20April%2018%2C%202018.%0A%0AName%20of%20university%3A%0AName%20of%20administrative%20coordinator%3A%0ADate%20of%20institutional%20competition%3A%0A%0A) (email) is February 27, 2018

Deadline for payment of the registration fee is March 31, 2018. 

Deadline to register your student competitor is April 6, 2018.


On the day of the event, all competitors will need to arrive by 11:30am for a brief orientation.  This will be followed by a lunch with the organizers, to which each competitor is welcome to bring one guest.


Judges' biographies and photos will be posted in early March.


Student presenters' information will be posted in early April after institutional competitions have concluded.

Eligibility & Rules


  • McGill’s 3MT competition is open to all Masters and Doctoral students who wish to present in English.
  • Students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
  • Students must be registered in an active Master’s or PhD program at McGill (including thesis under submission). The student’s program must include a significant research project (i.e., thesis, major research project, or dissertation) that is expert-reviewed in order to complete the program. *Note: Master’s programs that are entirely course-based are not eligible,


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) is permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final.

Judging Criteria


  • Did the presenter use language and terminology that was clear and understandable?
  • Was the pace of the talk effective?
  • Did the presenter use non-verbal communication (i.e. eye contact, voice modulation, body language, etc.) effectively?
  • Did the slide enhance, rather than detract from, the talk – was it clear, legible, and concise?


  • Did the talk help you to understand the scholarly work?
  • Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and purpose of the scholarly work?
  • Did the presenter clearly indicate what is interesting about the scholarly work?
  • Did the presenter clearly communicate their hypothesis or findings?
  •  Did the talk follow a logical sequence?


  • Was the talk engaging?
  • Did the talk inspire you to want to know more?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their work?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain your attention?





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