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3 Minute Thesis & Project Competition

The Three Minute Thesis and Project competition is an annual, international event that challenges graduate students to present their research in easy-to-understand terms to a non-specialist audience.  Participants are to present a clear, concise and engaging presentation of their work in a total of three minutes, with no props and only one non-animated PowerPoint slide. Check out some of the winning presentations from previous years on our YouTube channel.

The Concordia final competition will be held on March 15, 2018 in MB 9. 

1:30pm - 2:00pm: Registration for participants and audience

2:00pm - 4:15pm: Final competition

4:15pm - 4:30pm: Winners' announcement

4:30pm - 5:30pm: Networking cocktail 

For audience guests:

Members of the Concordia community and family/friends of the competitors are invited to attend the final competition. Please RSVP before March12 at midnight to confirm your presence. 

For competitors:

To finalize your participation in the competition, you must have attended at least three (3) coaching sessions and submit the "Project Statement and Approval Form" before the deadline, Sunday, March 4, 2018 at midnight.

Download the Project Statement & Approval Form

What are the benefits?

  • Learn how to explain your complex ideas in simple and understandable terms
  • Promote your research to a broad audience of faculty, students and the public
  • Develop a winning research pitch with the support of communication experts
  • Meet and network with other graduate researchers
  • Prizes for the winning presentations
  • Opportunity to participate in regional, national and international competitions


The following prizes will be awarded in 2018:

  PhD Master
Winner $750 award $750 award
Runner-up $150 bookstore gift certificate $150 bookstore gift certificate
People's choice $100 bookstore gift certificate $100 bookstore gift certificate

Two competitors will also be selected to represent Concordia at:

  1. 3MT Eastern Canada Regional Competition will take place on April 18, 2018 at McGill University. 
  2. Ma Thèse en 180 seconds competition at the ACFAS congrès hosted by Université du Québec à Chicoutimi from May 7-11, 2018. This participant must be a PhD candidate and present in French. 

How does it work?

Both doctoral and masters students can compete in this competition. Masters students can present their thesis work or a graduate research project.  Interested students must have attended a GPSC405 - 2018 Concordia Three Minute Thesis and Project Competition Orientation Session and a minimum of three coaching sessions to participate.

First coaching session schedule - Students must attend one of the following options:
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018, 10:00-12:00, GM340
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 10:00-12:00, GM340
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 14:00-16:00, GM340
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018. 14:00-16:00, GM340
  • Friday, February 9, 2018, 10:15-12:15, H439
Individual coaching sessions - Students must sign-up for two additionnal coaching sessions of 45 minutes each.
  • Monday, February 12, 2018,10:00-12:30, H544
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 14:00-16:00, MB3.255
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 12:00-14:00, MB3.255
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018, 9:30-12:00, MB2.445
  • Friday, February 16, 2018, 10:00-12:00, MB5.275
  • Monday, February 26, 2018,12:00-14:00, MB2.445
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018,14:00-16:00, MB3.255
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018,12:00-14:00, MB3.255
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018,12:00-14:00, MB3.210
  • Friday, March 2, 2018,10:15-12:15, H439
  • Monday, March 5, 2018,15:00-17:00, GM930.50
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018,10:00-12:00, GM930.50
  • Wednesday March 7, 2018,15:00-17:00, MBS1.255  
  • Thursday March 8, 2018, 10:00-12:00, MB2.445          
  • Monday, March 12, 2018,9:00-12:00, MB3.285
  • Monday,March 12, 2018, 13:00-16:00-MBS2.455
  • Tuesday, March13, 2018,13:00-16:00, MB3.255
  • Wednesday, March, 14, 2018,13:00-16:00, MB 9

There is no cost for participating in the Concordia Three Minutes Thesis and Project competition.

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