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 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!

2023 Competition Highlights

2023 Competition Winners

1st Place: Esther Li, PhD in Developmental Psychology 

2nd Place: Laura Rodriguez Reyes, Master of Arts in Geography 

3rd Place: Sakshi Korde, PhD in Management


Prizes are awarded for graduate students who place first, second or third. The competition was judged and scored based on a rubric and results were tabulated and discussed.

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

Watch the 3MT Presentations 

Presentations from this year's competition will be posted to youtube and shared once available. 

  • Calum Robertson: Hearing Queer and Queer Hearing: Interacting with Queer-alities through listening to Pauline Oliveros
  • Brianna Comeau: Experiences of Peer Interaction and Peer Victimization of Autistic 2SLGBTQ+ Youth in Secondary Institutions
  • Fahimeh Ziaei: Fair Division of Indivisible Items with Limited Information
  • Ren Challacombe: Developing Affirming Practices for Transgender Singers in Community Choirs
  • Laura Rodriguez Reyes: Envision an Indigenous-led Enterprise in Kakisa, Northwest Territories
  • Sakshi Korde: Envy In the Virtual World: How Consumer Emotions Drive Engagement with Virtual Influencers
  • Nathan Barnett: To Queer or Not To Queer: The Impact of EDI Policy Language on Queer People’s Sense of Belonging in Schools
  • Esther Li: First language loss and maintenance in youth and adolescents with immigrant backgrounds
  • Vedika Bakshi: Impact of Orthophosphate Addition to Microbial Biofilms in Drinking Water Distribution Systems

We Look Forward to Next Year

The 3MT® for 2023 is now over. We would like to thank all student participants and volunteers for making this event a success. Stay tuned for more details for our 2024 competition. We look forward to seeing you at next year's event.

If you have any questions please contact the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 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.