Winner of the 3MT U of T Finals 2016, Cristina D'Amico (Photo: Yuli Scheidt) / Read her advice to 3MT competitors.
3MT Competition 2019
Be the first to sign up to compete in U of T's 2019 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Registration for the heats is on a first-come, first-served basis and is
open to research-stream and professional graduate students with a major research project at the master's or doctoral level.
You'll have just three minutes and one PowerPoint slide to present your research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way to a panel of non-specialist judges.
Participants must commit to being available for the University-wide semi-finals on April 2 or April 3, the University-wide finals on the evening of April 4, and the provincial final at McMaster University on April 17, 2019.
3MT Preliminary Heats (March 21-28)
Registration for the 3MT Preliminary Heats is now closed.
Come out and support your fellow graduate students: attend a 3MT Preliminary Heat! All Heats take place at Grad Room, 66 Harbord St.
Monday, March 18 (1-3 pm)
Tuesday, March 19 (12-2 pm)
Tuesday, March 19 (3-5 pm)
- Thursday, March 21 (1-3)
Thursday, March 21 (4-6 pm)
Friday, March 22 (1-3 pm)
Monday, March 25 (1:30-3:30 pm)
Tuesday, March 26 (12-2 pm)
Tuesday, March 26 (3-5 pm)
Thursday, March 28 (1-3 pm)
- Thursday, March 28 (3:30-5:30 pm)
University-Wide Semi-Finals Competition
5:30-8:30 pm April 2, 2019, LM 158, Lash Miller Chemical Labs
- 5:30-8:30 pm April 3, 2019, LM 158, Lash Miller Chemical Labs
- Winners of each semi-final will present in the University of Toronto 3MT Finals Competition on April 4, 2019 from 6-8pm in the Isabel Bader Theatre. Reserve your seat!
- Winners of the final will compete at the Ontario Provincial 3MT Competition at McMaster University
on April 17, 2019.
Canada 3MT Competition
The 3MT Canadian champion will be chosen from 11 finalists from three regional competitions. Both master's and doctoral-level students are eligible. For more information, visit http://www.cags.ca/3mt.php.
What is the 3MT Competition?
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition is open to graduate students enrolled in Canadian universities. Participants have three minutes or less to present their research to a panel of non-specialist judges, and competitions are held at local, provincial, and national levels. The challenge is to present complex research information in an engaging, accessible, and compelling way.
This competition is a unique opportunity for graduate students to showcase their innovative and significant research to a wider audience, across disciplines within the University, and to the broader public. It is open to the public and advertised within the community.
The 3MT® events are open to the public; we encourage to you to bring your family and friends. Participants and guests are asked to arrive well before the competition starts, as space is limited and access to the rooms will be closed during the presentations.
Canada 3MT Competition
The 3MT Canadian champion will be chosen from 11 finalists from three regional competitions. Both master's and doctoral-level students are eligible. For more information, visit the
Canada 3MT website.
Past 3MT Winners
Congratulations to Meghan McGee from the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Read about
Meghan's research in U of T News and watch her winning
Congratulations to Richard Kil
from the Department of Chemistry for winning second place in Canada's 3MT Competition! After winning the 3MT Ontario Competition and Competitor's Choice Award, Richard was entered into the National Finals, where his video was judged by a panel
including the Tragically Hip's Rob Baker, CBC Radio producers Nicola Luksic and Tom Howell, and entrepreneur and PhD supporter Ian Baines. Shantanu Krishna Kumar (University of Guelph) won both the National title and the People's Choice Award. Congratulations to all! Read more on the CAGS website.
Read the U of T News interview with Richard Kil.
Watch the Top U of T Entries from 2017
Watch the Top Three Entries from 2016
Stephen McCarthy, a PhD candidate in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, who placed second runner-up at the Provincial 3MT® at Western University on April 23. Stephen competed against 19 other Ontario university students and earned a place in the coveted top-ranking positions. Watch the
Ontario 3MT® presentations.
Stephen and the other provincial finalists represented Ontario in the
Canada competition in May.
Stephen McCarthy (Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology) won the U of T 3MT with his presentation, "Towards an Ebola Cure." Stephen's research has attracted international media attention.
Read the full CNN story.
Elissa Gurman (Department of English) placed second with her talk on Consent and the Love Plot in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Fiction.
Congratulations to winner
Daiva Nielsen (Nutritional Sciences) and runner-up
Joseph Bondy-Denomy (Molecular Genetics) who took top honours in the University of Toronto 3MT® Finals held in March 2014.
Daiva moved on to compete and win the
2014 Ontario Final last April at McMaster University in Hamilton—successfully defending U of T's title in Ontario.
Read more about Daiva's big win.
Bravo to winner Jasdeep Saggar (Medical Biophysics) and runner-up Abraham Heifets (Computer Science) who placed first and second in the University of Toronto's first 3MT® competition held in March 2013
Jasdeep went on to represent U of T at the 2013 Ontario Finals in April at Queen's University in Kingston, successfully winning the first 3MT® Provincial Final.Read more about
Subsequently, Abraham went on to co-found the startup company Chematria, housed at U of T's Impact Centre. Chematria made news by launching a search for a new Ebola treatment using artificial intelligence.
Read more about Chematria in the U of T news.