An 80,000-word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Your time limit.... 3 minutes.

You have three minutes to tell us what you are doing, how you are doing it, and how it relates to the real world.

UNBC's 2021 Three Minute Thesis Competition was held virtually on Friday, March 5th from 1:30-3:00pm online via Zoom, in conjunction with Research Week. Competitors submitted pre-recorded videos of their 3MT presentation, which were judged live during the event.


Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes.

3MT® develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.


(From University of Queensland)

The first 3MT® was held at The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008 with 160 RHD students competing. Enthusiasm for the 3MT® concept grew and its adoption by numerous universities led to the development of an international competition in 2010.

The inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT® was held at UQ in 2010 with 33 universities participating. In 2011, 43 universities were represented in the Trans-Tasman 3MT® that was hosted by The University of Western Australia. Today students from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Hong Kong take part in their own regional events.

Following the success of Matt Thompson of UQ at the 2011 competition, the 2012 Trans-Tasman 3MT® event was again hosted by the University of Queensland. The winner of the 2012 3MT® Trans-Tasman competition was Mr. Paris and the University of Western Sydney has the right to host the prestigious international competition in 2013.

The event was a wonderful showcase for the quality and breadth of research that is taking place across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Hong Kong.

Prizes for 2021 Competition

1st place = $750 + the chance to represent UNBC at the Western Regional Finals, hosted virtually by Athabasca University.
2nd place = $500
3rd place = $250

For more information, please contact:

Sharleen Balogh, Office of Research and Innovation