3 Minute Thesis / Ma thèse en 180 secondes

“The 3MT helps you learn how to share your research to large diverse crowds of people in the most digestible way possible. This is likely one of the best skills you will ever learn!”

Kashif Khan wins both 1st Place & the People's Choice Award at the 3MT Eastern Regional in 2017Program Description

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a global competition, founded by the University of Queensland in 2008, that cultivates graduate students' academic, presentation and research communication skills. Graduate students have 3 minutes to present a compelling presentation of the impact of their thesis to a non-specialist audience, using one static slide. 3MT competitions are now held in over 350 universities in 59 countries around the world.

Le MT180 s'inspire de 3MT, et a été repris en 2012 au Québec par l'Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) qui a souhaité étendre le projet à l’ensemble des pays francophones.

Calendar of Events

December 2017 - January 2018: Call for submissions
January - February 2018: Training for all applicants
February - March 2018: Competition heats to select finalists for McGill competition
Mid-March 2018: McGill 3MT/ MT180 Competition
April - May 2018: National competitions (CAGS Eastern Regional 3MT Finals; ACFAS MT180)

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Eligibility for participation

  • McGill’s 3MT competition is open to all Masters and Doctoral students who wish to present in English (Winners in the final competition represent McGill at the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS) 3MT Eastern regional finals).
  • The Ma thèse en 180 secondes (MT180) McGill competition is open to Masters and Doctoral students who wish to present in French. (Winners in the final competition represent McGill at Concours d'association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS). Please note only Doctoral students can qualify to advance to ACFAS)
  • Students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
  • Students must be registered in an active Master’s of 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.
  • Submissions for proposals to present can be in English and French.

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Training Workshop Information

Graduate students who submit to the 3MT/ MT180 participate in an intensive communication and presentation skills training program that prepares them to compete in preliminary heats. From the heats, a small group of finalists are selected to advance to the University-wide 3MT/ MT180 competition. Finalists also receive one-on-one training prior to the final competition.  

Participants can participate in two training sessions. Training sessions will allow participants to practice their presentations and receive constructive feedback prior to competition Heats. Upon registration to the McGill 3MT, participants may sign up for one training session the first week and return a week later, after having made amendments to the presentation, to practise a final time prior to the heats.

Training Dates Options
(Upon registration, you may choose which options suit your schedule)

Training Session 1 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
4:00 - 6:00pm
Bronfman 046

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
2:30 - 4:30pm
Bronfman 045

Thursday, February 1, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
McLennan Library Building, MS-55

Training Session 2

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
4:00 - 6:00pm
McLennan Library Building MS-55

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 
2:30 - 4:30pm
McLennan Library Building MS-55

Thursday, February 15, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
McLennan Library Building MS-55

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Registration Information 

To enter the competition, graduate students must submit a 200-word research summary, along with 200-word statement of why they wish to participate. We encourage submissions in both English or French from all research disciplines. 

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Registration closes January 15, 2018



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