You have 3 minutes. Create. Compel. Connect.

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.

2024 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

UNBC's 2024 Three Minute Thesis competition will be held in conjunction with Research Week, and will take place in-person at the Prince George Campus. 

Prizes for 2024

  • 1st place = $750, plus a chance to represent UNBC at the 2024 Western Regional Finals with UNBC covering travel costs.
  • 2nd place = $500
  • 3rd place = $250
  • People’s Choice = $250

2023 Western Regional (3MT®) Competition

Cheer on UNBC’s own Sunny Tseng at the Western Regional (3MT®) Competition at the University of Saskatchewan on Thursday, May 25th, 2023. The Competition will occur between 2pm and 5pm EST with a full schedule being released one week prior to the Competition. Check back here for the full schedule.

The Competition will be live streamed here and you can vote for your favourite presenter in the People's Choice Awards.

2023 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

UNBC's 2023 Three Minute Thesis competition was held in conjunction with Research Week, and took place on Thursday, March 2, 2023 in the Bentley Centre at the Prince George campus.

The winners of the 2023 event were:

  • 1st place: Sunny Tseng, MSc student, Faculty of Environment, Acoustic Recording as a Potential Tool to Monitor Individual Owls
  • 2nd place: Jeremiah DuBovis, MSc student, Faculty of Environment, Observing Soil Formation on Ultramafic Mine Tailings
  • 3rd place: Hui Jun Chew, RD, MSc student, Faculty of Human and Health Sciences, COVID-19 Challenged Connections: Stories of Technology Use by Long Term Care Staff in Northern BC
  • People's Choice Award: Sunny Tseng

Watch the presentations

Congratulations to all the 3MT participants and to the winners!

Complete list of participants

  1. Tanvi Guhagarkar, Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences, and Humanities - The Intersection Between Caste and Gender in Exploring Hate-Based Crimes Against Dalit-Queer Individuals
  2. Akifa Rahman, Faculty of Business and Economics - Water on Lotus: Job Engagement in Post-pandemic Hybrid Workplace
  3. Hui Jun Chew, RD, Faculty of Human and Health Sciences - COVID-19 Challenged Connections: Stories of Technology Use by Long Term Care Staff in Northern BC
  4. Ronja Frank, Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences, and Humanities - The Secret Garden, Posthumanism, and Victorian Children's Fiction in an Era of the Anthropocene
  5. Sunny Tseng, Faculty of Environment - Acoustic Recording as a Potential Tool to Monitor Individual Owls
  6. Erik Groenenberg, Faculty of Science and Engineering - Adapting Constructed Wetlands for Cold Climate Wastewater Treatment
  7. Jessica Woskett, Faculty of Environment - Tackling Diversity and Inclusion in Recreational Fishing
  8. Hariharan Varudaraju, Faculty of Environment - Effects of Changing Environmental Conditions on Glyphosphate Degredation and Melatonin Production in Wild Strawberries.
  9. Houman Ganjali, Faculty of Science and Engineering - A New Prescription for Timber Buildings
  10. Vibusha Madanayake, Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences, and Humanities - Access to Justice for Low to Middle-Income Single Mothers in British Columbia
  11. Guowei Li, Faculty of Environment - Local Scour: One Discipline's Trash is Another Discipline's Treasure
  12. Jeremiah DuBovis, Faculty of Environment - Observing Soil Formation in Ultramafic Mine Tailings
  13. Hamidreza Chaboki, Faculty of Science and Engineering - Concrete Layers Help Wood Floor Work Better
  14. Jhoan Chavez, Faculty of Environment - Beyond Waste in Agriculture Through Pyrolysis
  15. Juls Budau, Faculty of Human and Health Sciences - User Perspectives on Prescribed Stimulant Safe Supply
  16. Kamran Hassani, Faculty of Science and Engineering - Prevention of Scaling in Geothermal Field
  17. Mahtab Gheisari, Faculty of Science and Engineering - Improving the Design Code of Timber Structures
  18. Marianella Hernandez, Faculty of Environment - Women's Relationship with Water and its Relevance in Decision-Making Processes Related to Water and Sanitation Issues in Rural and Remote Communities in Canada
  19. Mario Salinas Toledano, Faculty of Science and Engineering - Modelling Constructed Wetlands for Household Wastewater Treatment
  20. Musfiq Tajwar, Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences, and Humanities - Nexus Between Prolonged Refugee Presence and Diminishing Social Cohesion: A Case Study of Rohingya Refugee Living in Bangladesh
  21. Sami Mohammadyzadeh, Faculty of Environment - Dynamic Behaviour of Tall Timber Buildings
  22. Sorour Nasimi, Faculty of Environment - Enhancing Water Security in Small, Remote and Indigenous Communities by Nature-Based Approaches


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.

Contact information

Lesley Haines, Student Life and Orientation