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3 Minute Thesis 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.

Concordia's 2020 Competition

The Concordia 2020 3MT competition will take place on Friday, March 27, 2020. 

How does it work?

Both doctoral and masters (thesis) students can compete in this competition. Interested students must have attended a GPSC405 - Concordia Three Minute Thesis Competition Orientation Session and a minimum of two coaching sessions to participate.

Participants can present in English or French.  English Masters and PhD participants are considered for the CAGS 3 Minute Thesis Eastern Canada competition. French PhD participants are considered for the Acfas Ma thèse en 180 secondes compeition

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 (see below)
  • Opportunity to participate in regional, national and international competitions (see below)

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

Concordia's 2019 Competition

The Concordia 2019 3MT Competition was held on Friday, March 15, 2019.  Here are our winners, along with a link to their presentation. Congratulations to all our participants!


For audience guests:

Members of the Concordia community and family/friends of the competitors are invited to attend the final competition. Please RSVP before Wednesday, March 25 at midnight to confirm your presence. 

For competitors:

To finalize your participation in the competition, you must have attended GPSC405, participated in 2 individual coaching sessions, and submit the "Project Statement and Approval Form" before the deadline, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at midnight.

The prizes

  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 or May 2020. A location will be determined shortly. 
  2. Ma Thèse en 180 seconds competition at the ACFAS congrès in May 2020. This participant must be a PhD candidate and present in French. 
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