2020 event schedule

Challengers announced on Jan. 22, 2020.

Heat 1

Feb. 24, 2020, 1 to 3 p.m.

Theatre A - Basic Medical Sciences Building (map)
745 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W2 Canada

Heat 2

Feb. 25, 2020, 1 to 3 p.m.

E3-262 Senate Chambers - Engineering and Information Technology Complex (map)
75 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6 Canada

Heat 3

Feb. 27, 2020, 1 to 3 p.m.

E3-262 Senate Chambers - Engineering and Information Technology Complex (map)
75 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6 Canada

Final competition

Online June 3, 2020 7:00pm

Western regional competition

University of Alberta
Sept.23, 2020 at 1 p.m Virtual Presentations

UM Competitor Toby Le at the Western Regional Final

National competition

Postponed

2020 3MT prizes

If you apply and meet the criteria, your name will be entered into a draw to win a Faculty of Graduate Studies prize and a $50 UM Bookstore gift card.

  • 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 UM Bookstore gift card.

Eligibility, rules and judging criteria

Eligibility

  • 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. 

Rules

  • 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 to be 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