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Three-Minute Thesis competition: A chance for graduate students to shine

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2023 People’s Choice Award winner Jasmyne Storm delivers a Three-Minute Thesis presentation.

Three minutes can be a little or a lot of time. But is it enough to explain complex research? That’s the challenge for Faculty of Graduate Studies students during The University of Winnipeg’s Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on Friday, March 1.

What is the Three-Minute Thesis competition?

In this competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, graduate students share their research and why it’s significant to a room of non-experts in three minutes or less

Prizes include $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for the People’s Choice award winner. This year there’s an additional award of $1,000 for the best presentation by a Master of Science student, courtesy of Bioscience Association Manitoba. The first-place winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2024 Western Regional competition, hosted by UBC Okanagan.

What kind of research is eligible?

UWinnipeg students are encouraged to present content from their term papers, thesis proposals, practicum reports, and yes, even their master’s theses, at the competition.

“We encourage students from every graduate program to apply to the competition,” said Dr. Manish Pandey, Acting Dean of Graduate Studies. “Participating in the Three-Minute Thesis Competition develops the ability of graduate students to explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience: a skill students carry to careers both in and outside of academia. This year we are offering two exclusive training sessions for participants to develop their oral presentation and slide design skills.”

Registering for the competition 

Registration is open now until Wednesday, January 17 at 11:59 p.m. Students need to prepare a title and 150-word abstract for their presentation and submit their details online.

Attending the event

All faculty, staff, and students—as well as community members—are invited to attend the Three-Minute Thesis Competition on March 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. in EG Hall (3C00). No RSVP is required. 



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