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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, 2019 in the J.A. DeSeve Theatre. 

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 Monday, March 11 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, Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at midnight.

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 2019:

  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 2019. A location will be determined shortly. 
  2. Ma Thèse en 180 seconds competition at the ACFAS congrès hosted by Université du Québec à Outaouais on May 29, 2019. 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 - 2019 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:
  • Wednesday, January 16, 18:00-20:00 in H613
  • Wednesday, January 16, 18:00-20:00, H613
  • Thursday, January 17, 12:00-14:00, CC320             
  • Friday, January 18, 9:30-11:30, MBs2.445
Individual coaching sessions - Students must sign-up for two additionnal coaching sessions of 45 minutes each.
  • Wednesday, Jan 30, 18:00-20:00, GM930.48
  • Thursday, Jan 31, 12:00-14:00, CC320
  • Friday, Feb 1, 9:30-11:30, MB2.445                          
  • Tuesday, Feb 5, 14:00-16:00, GM930.50
  • Thursday, Feb 7, 12:00-14:00, CC320
  • Friday, Feb 8, 9:30-11:30, MB2.445                          
  • Tuesday, Feb 12, 14:00-16:00, GM930.50
  • Wednesday, Feb 13, 18:00-20:00, GM930.48
  • Friday, Feb 15, 9:30-11:30, MB2.445
  • Tuesday, Feb 19, 14:00-16:00, GM930.50
  • Wednesday, Feb 20, 18:00-20:00, GM930.48
  • Thursday, Feb 21, 12:00-14:00, CC320

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

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