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3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) 2017 Competition


Attention all Thesis-route Master's Students and Doctoral Students:
Athabasca University's Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) is planning a Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition to be held virtually on March 29, 2017. One winner from AU will be eligible to compete in the Western Regional Competition.

The 2017 Western Regional 3MT Competition will be held at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK on April 28, 2017.

The winners from the Western Regionals will be eligible to compete in the National Competition, hosted virtually.

Cash Prizes

AU's Research Centre is sponsoring prizes for the top 3 AU contestants and travel funds for 1 AU winner to travel to the Western Regional competition hosted by the Western Deans of Graduate Studies.

  • 1st Place AU FGS 2017 3MT award: $1000 (plus up to $800 travel expenses)
  • 2nd Place AU FGS 2017 3MT award: $500
  • 3rd Place AU FGS 2017 3MT award: $250

What is a Three Minute Thesis?

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition in which a student presents their research in 3 minutes. It was developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. - The 3MT® challenges students to present their research concisely to a non-specialist audience. More information about 3MT® is available

Purpose of the (3MT®)

  • The exercise challenges Master’s and Doctoral 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.
  • To showcase AU graduate student research and to expose AU students to the research of other graduate students.

Information & Presentations

More information about 3MT®

Last year's internal winner, George Dutch, will be hosting his "Creating a winning 3MT in 3 steps" presentation on February 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm (MST). To register for this presentation please email

Kathleen Kelava is AU's 2015 internal winner.  Watch her "Preparing a Successful 3MT Presentation"

Refer to the CAGS website for information on Rules, Judging, How to Videos, etc.

Registration Information

To register as a participant in the 2017 AU internal 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition, please send an email to  Include your name, the program you are enrolled in, your student ID#, your supervisor(s) name, and the title of your research.

Deadline to register is: March 24, 2017. 

Updated March 28 2017 by Student & Academic Services

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