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Three minutes. Eleven of Canada's best minds. The power of the spoken word

That's the formula for Canada's Three Minute Thesis Competition. It is a friendly but intense contest where graduate students present the complexities of their research in an engaging and accessible way before a live audience. An increasing number of Canada’s graduate schools are using the competition to refine the communication skills of students. Workshops, writing seminars, and practice sessions with mentors are part of the 3MT experience and contribute to the confidence and skillset of participants.

Students, future employers and the Canadian community all benefit from graduate students who communicate clearly and effectively. That’s why CAGS is proud to sponsor this project.

Getting to the national level requires winning at the regional events. This year’s regionals take place throughout April 2017 at University of Waterloo, University of Saskatchewan and University of New Brunswick.

Video recordings of winning regional presentations will be profiled on the CAGS website from May 12 until May 26, 2017. In early June, the national judges’ panel will announce national winner and a runner up from those video presentations. Voting for the People’s Choice winner is open to the public and based on the number of likes/votes a particular video has received on the 3MT page. You can see last year’s presentations here.

CAGS sponsors the first place prize which includes $1,500 and an all-expenses paid trip to the CAGS annual conference in Quebec City. The $1,000 second place prize is sponsored by Caisse Desjardins. And the 2017 People’s Choice award is sponsored by MITACS and includes a $500 cheque.

CAGS also works with Association francophone pour le savoir – Acfas, to sponsor Ma thèse en 180 secondes. Information on the winners for 2016 can be found at: http://www.acfas.ca/medias/communiques/2016/05/11/these-en-180-secondes-mt180-gagnantes


Canada’s 3MT: From Coast to Coast

Local competitions are the backbone of Canada’s 3MT

Canada’s 3MT competitions at individual schools are more than just contests. Participating grad schools hold workshops, organize individual coaching and practice sessions.
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Canada’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Winners: Clarity, Savvy and Making a Difference

Ottawa - A PhD candidate working on the development of a pharmaceutical treatment as an option to delicate surgery is Canada’s Three Minute Thesis champion. Gah-Jone Won is a doctoral student at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science and the Department of Biology. His work focuses on the crystalline lens, a structure within the eye that changes shape in order to focus on nearby objects.

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A Message from 2015 National Champion – Elizabeth Watt.

“Canada’s 3MT is just one example of excellent professional development opportunities offered to today’s graduate students. The idea that researchers need to present their ideas and results to the public is gaining traction. The speeches that I had the opportunity to hear at every level of the competition covered a vast range of topics.”
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Advice from a former Canada 3MT winner

What will it take to win the 2015 Canada’s 3Minute thesis competition?
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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.


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