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Competition Details

This is your chance to share your important research with the world. Compete against fellow master’s and doctoral students for the chance to win up to $1,000 in prize money, improve your communication skills and expand your network!

Registration closes Feb. 20. Please fill out the registration form.


  • First: $1,000
  • Runner-up: $500
  • Honourable mentions: $250
  • Participants' choice: $250


To participate in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition at Laurier:

  • You must be registered in a master's or PhD program at Laurier and working on a major research project, master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.
  • You may have defended but not yet graduated.
  • Your presentation must be based on research that is directly related to your graduate research paper (thesis, dissertation or major research paper).
  • You must agree to be filmed and photographed.
  • You must be available to present, in person, on the day of the competition (March 28).


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or “movement” of any description. The slide is to be presented from the beginning 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 three minutes. Competitors who exceed three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria

Each of the three judging criteria has equal weight.

  • Communication style: Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Comprehension: Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Engagement: Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?

Contact Us:

Claire Prime, Communications Coordinator