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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!


  • First: $1,000
  • Runner-up: $500
  • Honourable mention: $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 and allow those recordings to be made public.
  • You must be available to present, in person, on the day of the competition (March 27, 2019).


  • 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 must be made by memory; notes must not be used.
  • Only one presenter may present at a time. 
  • 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 to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Presentations that do not follow these rules will be disqualified. 

Judging Criteria

Presentations will be judged on the basis of the following:


  • Did the presenter use language and terminology that was clear and understandable?
  • Was the pace of the talk effective?
  • Did the presenter use non-verbal communication (i.e. eye contact, voice modulation, body language, etc.) effectively?
  • Did the slide enhance, rather than detract from, the talk – was it clear, legible, and concise?


  • Did the talk help you to understand the scholarly research and creativity?
  • Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and purpose of the scholarly research and creativity?
  • Did the presenter clearly indicate what is interesting about the scholarly research and creativity?
  • Did the talk follow a logical sequence?


  • Was the talk engaging?
  • Did the talk inspire you to want to know more?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their work?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain your attention?