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 $1,000!

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.

2023 Competitions – participate in or watch for these events

UNB will be hosting our local annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition during the afternoon of March 24, 2023. It will be an in-person event held in Fredericton at the Wu Centre in the Chancellor's Room from 12:30-3pm.

3MT schedule:


  1. Amy MacArthur (Interdisciplinary Studies)
  2. Rina Guxholli (Biological Sciences)
  3. Mostafa Javaheri Moghadam (Chemistry)
  4. Bradley Shoebottom (History)
  5. Carlos Duenas (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  6. Hamidreza Parsimehr (Chemistry)



  1. Charles Ferris (History)
  2. Ousamma Hamza (Interdisciplinary Studies)
  3. Kelton Ireland (Mechanical Engineering)
  4. Anjana Gayathri Arunachalam (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  5. Phillip Lunga (Interdisciplinary Studies)
  6. Amer El-Samman (Chemistry)



  1. Rosie Leggott (English)
  2. Deepty Sarder (Economics)
  3. Faezeh Bashiri (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  4. Alex Dandridge (Interdisciplinary Studies)
  5. Jennifer Moore (Psychology)
  6. Alexander Ani (Earth Sciences)

Judges' deliberations: 1:45-2:30

Prize ceremony 3:00

2022 3MT Results

First Place: Julia MacPherson (MSc candidate, Biology , UNBSJ)

Second Place: Kimberly Wilbur (PhD candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies, UNBSJ)

Honourable Mentions: Stephany Peterson (PhD candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies, UNBSJ), Kaushayla Rathnayake (PhD candidate, Biology, UNBF), and Eleanor McSporran (MSc candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UNBF)