3MT® Three Minute Thesis

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Three Minutes to Engage, Enlighten and Excite

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic research communication challenge held annually at the University of New Brunswick, hosted and sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). The competition rewards participants with new and improved presentation skills and the chance to win cash prizes of up to $500!

The goal: To promote the development of graduate students’ communication skills and provide opportunities for knowledge mobilization. Your research is important. Tell people why!

The challenge: To effectively summarize thesis/dissertation research findings and explain their significance to a non-specialist audience. And to learn how to do this in only three minutes!

3MT was developed in 2008 the University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia and now takes place at more than 350 universities around the world. In Canada, graduate students who win their university’s 3MT event compete in three regional competitions held across Canada, co-sponsored by the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS). Recordings of the top presentations from each region are forwarded to virtual national competition hosted by CAGS, this year held during annual meeting in November. The top 11 submissions are selected as finalists, from which a distinguished CAGS panel will select a national winner.

2022 Competitions – participate in or watch for these virtual events

The 2022 UNB 3MT challenge will be held online Thursday April 21 7-9 PM (Atlantic). Interested and eligible UNB graduate students have until February 18, 2022 to Register .

UNB winners are also eligible to participate in an international competition for Eastern Canadian and New England universities. This will be organized and hosted online by the Northeastern Association of Graduate Studies (NAGS) on Thursday, April 28, 2022 (time tba).

UNB will also host the 2022 Regional 3MT challenge. This will be held virtually mid-June 2022 (dates/times tba), featuring winners from universities in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.

Interested? REGISTER ONLINE for the 2022 UNB 3MT Challenge. Deadline February 18, 2022.

For more information on Eligibility and Rules, check out our website.

Registered students will access coaching sessions and resources to help them prepare. For more information about this and the contest itself, please contact:
Dr. Sasha Mullally (Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies)

2020 3MT Results

First Place: Joanne LeBlanc-Haley (PhD, Faculty of Education, UNBF)

Second Place: Michelle Kwok (PhD candidate, Bio-medical Engineering, UNBF)

Third Place (tied): Chris Jennings (PhD candidate, Chemistry, UNBF) and Milia Aidemouni (MSc candidate, Biology, UNBSJ)