UWindsor Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®)

The internationally recognized Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition challenges graduate students to present their research to a non-specialist audience in an engaging way. Students have just three minutes and one slide to present a compelling presentation on their thesis, major research paper, or dissertation topic and its significance.

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  • The 2018 UWindsor 3MT® competition will take place on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium (formerly named "Ambassador Auditorium"), CAW Student Centre, 2nd floor.
  • The winner will go on to represent the University of Windsor at the Ontario provincial final to  be held at York University on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

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What is 3MT®

UWindsor 3MT® 2018 is a University-wide competition for doctoral and Master’s students at the University of Windsor in which participants present their research and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research material in an engaging, compelling way, using only one slide.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition started at the University of Queensland in 2008 and quickly spread across Australia and New Zealand as well as internationally. 3MT competitions are now being held at an ever-growing list of universities in Great Britain, the USA and Canada.

  • The first University of Windsor 3MT® competition was held in 2013 when Windsor joined 16 other Ontario universities in the first provincial competition.
  • 3MT® 2014: Windsor's 2014 3MT winner Yasina Somani from Kinesiology won 5th place at the 2014 Ontario 3MT competition Final and was one of 11 finalists competing in the inaugural National 3MT Competition!
  • The fifth UWindsor competition was held in Spring' 2017

Why participate

The competition enables students to showcase their research to a wider audience, across disciplines within the university and to the broader public.

  • 3MT® is internationally recognized in 53 countries around the world, with 20 participating Canadian Universities 
  • The UWindsor competition is open to the public and will be advertised within the community
  • This is a unique opportunity to communicate the innovative and significant research undertaken by graduate students at the University of Windsor to our community and beyond
  • The competition will provide graduate students with an opportunity to refine skills that can be transferred after graduation to diverse career paths. Distilling research into a clear form, without over-simplifying or making it overly-complex, and highlighting the wider implications of this research are important skills to carry into post-graduate employment and public service

Who is eligible

  • To participate in 3MT® 2018 @ UWindsor you must be a graduate student at the University of Windsor registered for Winter 2018 term in one of the following:
    • a doctoral dissertation (course number 798)
    • a Master’s thesis (course numbers 794 or 797)
    • a Major Research paper (course number 796) 
  • You must have made substantial progress on research and analysis, as determined by your research supervisor - your thesis, major research paper, or dissertation supervisor will be contacted to confirm your eligibility.
  • Presentations must be based on research that is directly related to your graduate program thesis, major research paper, or dissertation.
  • Presenters must agree to be video-recorded and to allow those recordings to be made public.
  • Presenters must have registered using the web registration form and received confirmation of a place from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  • Contestants must be available to present, in person, on the following dates:
    • Information coaching session: Monday, March 5, 2018 from 9:30a.m. until 11a.m. in Toldo building, room 203.
    • UWindsor competition: Monday, March 26, 2018 starting at  2:00 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium (formerly named "Ambassador Auditorium"), CAW Student Centre, 2nd floor.
    • The Winner will represent the University of Windsor at the Ontario 3MT® competition final at York University on April 19, 2018 where Ontario Universities will compete in the second Provincial Championship.
  • see also FAQs regarding eligibility

Competition Rules:

  • a single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description)
  • 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
  • the decision of the adjudicating panel is final
  • see also FAQs regarding contest rules

Judging Criteria

At every level of the competition, each competitor’s presentation will be assessed according to the criteria listed below. Please note that each criterion is equally weighted.


  • Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and aims of research?
  • Did the presenter clearly indicate what was significant about this research?
  • Did the presentation follow a logical sequence?


  • Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or ‘dumb down’ the research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for the research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
  • Would the audience want to know more about the speaker’s research?


  • Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker use sufficient eye contact and vocal range, maintain a steady pace, and a exhibit a confident stance?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology that needed to be used, and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the presenter spend the right amount of time on each element of the presentation – or did the presenter elaborate for too long on some elements or was the presenter rushed to get through the presentation?
  • Did the slide enhance, rather than detract from, the presentation; and was it clear, legible, and concise?


  1. Winner: $1000 cash
  2. Runner-up: $500 cash
  3. Third Place: $250 cash


If you have any accessibility requirements or special needs, please email the contest organizers.


Email the contest organizers or call 519-2533000, ext. 2104.