Laurier 3MT®

What is 3MT®?

Looking for an opportunity to promote your amazing research while competing against your peers for cash prizes, improving your communication skills and developing networking opportunities?

Laurier will be hosting the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition for Graduate Students. The 3MT competition challenges research-based master’s and PhD students to present their research to a layperson audience. 

You are allowed one slide, but no props.

Participants have one slide and only three minutes to capture the interest of the audience and the judging panel with their research. The 3MT competitions will take place on Friday, March 24 in the Senate and Board Chambers, on the Laurier Waterloo Campus. The winner of the graduate student competition will go on to compete at the provincial competition. 

The competition, first established in 2008 at the University of Queensland, offers students the opportunity to improve their communication skills, network with fellow academics, win thousands of dollars in prizes and, most importantly, share their important research with the world!

Registration is now open and will close February 5, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)

Competition Details

Date, Time and Location

Date: Friday, March 24, 2023. 

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | You will be given your presentation time and are expected to arrive 30 minutes before the start of your presentation. 

Location: Senate and Board Chambers, Waterloo campus (In-Person)


Prizes will be award for graduate students who place first, second or third. The competition will be judged and scored based on a rubric and results will be tabulated and discussed.

First: $1,000
Second: $500
Third: $250

Are You Up for the Challenge? 

Register now to secure your spot to participate in Laurier's 3MT® competition. Registration is now open and will close February 5, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)

We look forward to having you join us for Laurier’s 3MT competition. If you have any questions please contact Jessica Hunt at

Why Participate?

Skills Development for Research Candidates

Develop academic, presentation and research communication skills, while developing your ability to effectively explain your research in language that is appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Building Research Culture in Universities

3MT® provides a valuable opportunity for graduate students to come together, get to know one another and talk about their research in a supportive environment.

Building External Relations for the University

Winners may go on to represent their university at national and international 3MT® competitions. This is an excellent opportunity to network and enhance their professional development. 

Winner's Circle

Join the winner’s circle and take a look back at some of our previous winners from the Laurier 3MT® competition. 

To watch more Laurier 3MT videos, see our 3MT® playlist on the Laurier Youtube Channel.

Rules and Eligibility


Coaching Session

An information session/coaching workshop will be held for students registered for the Laurier 3MT®. All participants are strongly encouraged to attend. Registered participants will be contacted with details.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to the 3MT® Competition and what to expect.
  • How to uncover and talk about the “so what?” of your research topic.
  • How to prepare a killer PowerPoint slide (only one slide can be used).
  • How to leave your audience wanting more.
  • Effective presentation skills.