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Three Minute Thesis

What is the Three Minute Thesis?

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition challenges research-based master’s and PhD students to present their research to a layperson audience in three minutes or less. Students are allowed one slide, but no props and no notes.

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!

Congratulations to our 2018 Winners

Thank you to all who participated in the 2018 Three Minute Thesis competition. We are pleased to announce the winners of the competition:

Winner: Gehan Senthinathan 

Runner-up: Magdalena Olszewski 

Honourable mention: Victoria Parker 

Participants' Choice winner: Emily Bednarz

The competition winner will proceed to the provincial competition at York University on April 19, 2018.

The event was emceed by Douglas Deutschman, dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Our judges included:

  • Gohar Ashoughian, University Librarian, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Jan Basso, Assistant Vice-President: Experiential Learning & Career Development, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Gary Edwards, Founder and President of Golfdale Consulting (PhD in Social Work, 1996)
  • Joan Fisk, Chief Executive Officer of United Way Waterloo Region
  • Eileen Mercier, Chancellor, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Catherine Thompson, Reporter, Waterloo Region Record (Master's in International Public Policy, 2012)


Keep Connected

Follow the event on Twitter at #Laurier3MT.