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.
Three preliminary heats by division. Division I (Humanities) and Division II (Social Sciences), Division III (Physical Sciences) and Division IV (Life Sciences) will be held in March.
Each divisional heat will consist of no more than 25 competitors.
From each heat, the top competitors will go forward to compete at the U of T Final.
The winner from the U of T Final will go on to represent U of T at the Ontario 3MT® competition.
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.
All entrants must be doctoral students (PhD, EdD, SJD, DMA) who have reached candidacy (completed all course work) by the registration date (or expect to by March 1st, 2017) and must have made substantial progress on their research and analysis.
Presentations must represent the primary research of the student's graduate program thesis.
Students are required to inform their supervisors of their participation in the competition.
Presenters must agree to be photographed and videotaped and to allow those recordings to be made public.
Winner of the University of Toronto competition must be available to attend the provincial finals.
A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations, or "movement" of any description are allowed), and the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration and remain in view for the duration of the oration.
No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted.
No additional props (e.g,. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
Presentations are to be spoken in standard oratory prose (i.e., no poems, raps or songs, other than those that may be the target of research).
Presentations are to commence from the stage or at the podium.
Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
The competition will be administered in English.
U of T Maintains its Top-Three Position at the 2015 3MT® Ontario
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.
2015 3MT® University of Toronto Finalists
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.�
2014 3MT® U of T Finals
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.
2013 3MT® U of T Finals
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.
The 2017 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.
The 2015 regional finalists' videos are posted on the
Canada 3MT website.