Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

This undergraduate 3MT is designed to challenge undergraduate students engaging in independent research to deliver a compelling oral presentation of their research topic and its significance. The presentation must be no more than three minutes in length and is judged by a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is not to trivialise or ‘dumb-down’ the subject matter, but rather to consolidate ideas and communicate it in a way that is intriguing.

The University of Toronto is one of the first universities in North America to host an undergraduate-level 3MT on Sunday March 30th, 2014.

Preliminary heats will be divided into two divisions.

  • Each divisional heat will consist of approximately 20 competitors
  • From each heat, the top competitors will earn a spot to compete in the final round of the competition
Competition Format: Round 1) Divisional Heats
Round 2) University-Wide Finals
(Divisional winners will compete in the final round)
Prize: First Place, second place, third place, and
People’s Choice (voted by audience)
Level of Study: Undergraduate