2021 Competition

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all 3MT Heats will be held online/virtually.

2021 event schedule

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all competitions are anticipated to be held online/virtually. Links to watch the heats online will be posted here prior to the live events.

Heat #1 March 2, 2021 - 1:00p.m.

The link to watch Heat # 1  Passcode 942688


Name Department
Curtis Cavers Soil Science
James Tucker Plant Science
Chris Voth Kinesiology and Recreation Management
Chelsea Scheller Rehabilitation Sciences
Aaron Kilmury Geological Sciences
Danah Alhattab Physiology and Pathophysiology
Shifa Mohideen Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Cameron Eekhoudt Physiology and Pathophysiology
Andria Langi Architecture
Sristi Mundhada Biosystems Engineering
Elena Brockelmann Kinesiology and Recreation Management
Nikita Thomas Chemistry


Heat #2 March 4, 2021 - 1:00p.m.

The link to watch Heat # 2 Passcode 884958



Name Department
Jamie Pfau Social Work
Nicole Robak Kinesiology and Recreation Management
Mercedes Casar Psychology
Odile Huynh Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Agoston Fischer Environment and Geography
Ahmed Bediwy Civil Engineering
Chris Manchur Biological Sciences
Jarrad Perron Physics and Astronomy
Veronica Coppolaro Geography
Maiah Tratch Anthropology
Sonu Varghese Physiology and Pathophysiology
John Jackson Nursing
Jhannelle Francis Microbiology 


Heat # 3 March 5, 2021 - 1:00p.m.

The link to watch Heat #3 Passcode 300105



Name Department
Yi Xie Food Science 
Nolan De Leon Physiology and Pathophysiology
Kwene Appah Sociology & Criminology
Semiyu Adegbite French
Susane Trevisan Food Science
Danielle Cherpako Political Studies
Sabrin Bashar Microbiology
Amirbahador Mansoori Electrical and Computer Engineering
Vimala Bharathi S K Biosystems Engineering
Nasiba Maruf Ahmed Statistics 
Noushin Ahmadpour Pharmacy
Roshan Parvarchian Immunology
Manzuma Khanam Human Anatomy and Cell Science
Zachary Moore Natural Resources Institute



Final Competition - April 21, 2021

Details will be updated after the 3 Heats are complete.

Western Regional Competition - May 13, 2021

Link will be provided.

National Final - Date T.B.D.

Link will be provided. 

2021 3MT prizes

  • Awards for finalists

    Dr. Archie McNicol Prize for first place $2,500
    UM Retirees Association Prize for second place $1,250
    Third place $750
    People's Choice Award UM Bookstore gift certificate

    Gift cards for winners

    The top three winners from each heat will receive a $200 prize/giftcard.

Eligibility, rules and judging criteria


  • Three Minute Thesis is open to all University of Manitoba graduate students in thesis-based programs.
  • Presentations must be based on the primary research the student has conducted in their graduate program.
  • Students who have already defended their thesis but have not yet graduated are eligible.
  • Students with uncompleted projects are eligible.
  • Students in course-based programs, visiting students, exchange students and students on leave are not eligible.
  • Students must present in person and agree to be photographed and videotaped and allow any recordings to be made public. 


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted, to be shown from the beginning of the presentation. No slide transitions, animations or "movement" of any kind are allowed. The slide must have minimum 0.5" margins for key information.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted
  • No note cards or additional props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum, and challengers exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to start from and remain on the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have begun when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • Presentations must be based on research directly related to the student’s graduate program thesis. Research performed for employment should not be presented.
  • A three-minute clock/timer will be made visible for the students during their presentations.
  • For any images, photos or diagrams used on the slide, if not created by the presenter, the presenter must ensure the source is credited and the use is allowable by the copyright owner. When in doubt that written permission is needed, contact the UM Copyright Office for guidance.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging criteria

At every level of the competition, each challenger will be judged on the three categories of criteria listed below.

1. Comprehension: Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?

2. Engagement: Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?

3. Communication style: Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?

Tips to help you prepare

Past winners

2019 Canadian National 3MT Competition

UM 3MT results: meet the winners, finalists and challengers from previous years

2019 Winners

  • First place: Kevin Boreskie
  • Second place: Justine Hudson
  • Third place: Avery Simundsson
  • People’s Choice: Kashfia Shafiq
  • View the 3MT 2019 videos

2018 Winners

  • First place: Shervin Khalili Ghomi
  • Second place: Kyla Smith
  • Third place: Carmine Slipski
  • People’s Choice: Jill Bueddefeld

2017 Winners

  • First place and People’s Choice: Rachel Nickel
  • Second place: Alexandra Ciapala
  • Third place: Colin Graydon

2016 Winners

  • First place: Karlee Dyck
  • Second place: Anjali Bhagirath
  • Third place: Paul White
  • View the 3MT 2016 videos

​​​2015 Winners

  • First place: Rebecca (DeLong) Dielschneider
  • Second place: Diego Rodriguez Herrera
  • People's Choice: Rebecca (DeLong) Dielschneider
  • View the 3MT 2015 videos

​​​​​​2014 Winners

  • First place: Andrea Edel
  • Second place: Olivia Sylvester
  • People's Choice: Havva Filiz Koksel
  • View the 3MT 2014 videos

​​​​​​2013 Winners

  • First place: Leah (Wong) Guenther
  • Second place: Anthony Signore
  • People's Choice: Christopher White
  • View the 3MT 2013 videos

Past winners from other institutions

A brief history of 3MT

  • An Australian competition

    Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia.

    There were 160 students in the first 3MT competition at the University of Queensland in 2008. Enthusiasm for the 3MT grew into a Trans-Tasman international competition involving 33 universities in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji in 2010.

    By 2011, the Trans-Tasman 3MT competition included 43 universities and, for the first time, regional 3MT events were held in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Hong Kong. It later spread to other universities in Asia. Currently, 3MT is held in over 900 Universities in more than 85 countries!

    The first 3MT®competition held in Canada took place at the University of British Columbia in 2011.  UM hosted their first competition in 2013. In 2014 the first national 3MT®competition was held. Today, there are dozens of Canadian universities and research institutes that host annual competitions, with winners moving onto one of three regional competitions (Western, Ontario, Eastern) before competing in the nation-wide competition, Canada’s 3MT®.

  • Toby Le giving his 3MT presentation in front of a video camera at the University of Manitoba.

    UM master’s student Toby Le (Max Rady College of Medicine) gives his presentation in front of a video camera in June 2020, on his way to winning first place in the University of Manitoba 3MT final. This year's event was livestreamed to an at-home audience because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2020 winners

First place: Abdoulaye Diarra
Second place: Lucile Jeusset