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Special thanks to our 3MT judges!

Meet our judges for the 3MT competition:

Mandeep Flora (MCCSS)

Kim Lehrer (SRDC)

Lindsay McLaren (University of Calgary)

  1. To enter: submit a 3-minute (or less) video and no more than one slide to accompany the presentation (the slide is optional) before midnight on October 8th.
  2. The 3-minute thesis competition is open to graduate students enrolled in a Canadian university who are using RDC data in their thesis (this includes public use microdata files).
  3. Don't include visual aids other than the optional slide. It should be a video of you presenting your 3-minute thesis talk.
  4. Read the Tech Support section below to ensure your material is in the right format. To be eligible, entries must follow the right format. 
  5. A first place prize of $500 and a 2nd place prize of $250 will be awarded. There will also be a "fan-favourite" winner of $250 chosen by the other conference attendees from among the other entries. 



Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ). Graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008, enthusiasm for the 3MT concept has developed rapidly and 3MT® competitions are now held in over 900 universities and institutions across more than 80 countries worldwide.


Get inspired by some of the past 3MT® presentations from around the world:

Windows 10 Users

  • In the search bar next to the start button type "Camera" and open the Camera App.
  • You should see yourself on screen (if not, you may need to troubleshoot your webcam).
  • Click the video camera icon to switch to video recording
  • When you're ready to record, click the video camera icon again. Click stop to end recording.
  • To edit out the first few seconds and last few seconds, find the file with your recording (it should store by default in your "pictures" folder)
  • Right click the file and then click: "open with -> photos"
  • Click "Edit & Create" then choose trim.
  • Set the sliders to capture the portion of the video you want and click "save". This is the file you will upload to Vimeo or YouTube.

For Macintosh users

  1. In the Photo Booth app  on your Mac, if you see the View Photo Preview button  or the View Video Preview button , click it to see the Take Photo button  or the Record Video button .

  2. Click the Video button in the bottom left.

    Video button.
  3. Click the Record Video button . Click the Stop button  when you finish recording.


  • You can take a video with your cell phone camera
  • Don't use the selfie camera. They are generally much lower resolution than the camera on the back. You may also find it visually distracting to start yourself in the face while presenting. 
  • Edit it within the camera app on your phone and upload it through either the Vimeo or YouTube mobile apps available through the app store or play store (on iPhone and Android respectively).

Your slide must be a single image (.jpeg or .png) and should be a standard aspect ratio (16x9 or 4x3 - these are the default for PowerPoint or pdf slides so if you don't play with settings you should be fine).

To save a PowerPoint slide as a .jpeg image:

  1. Create your slide
  2. Click on "File" then choose "Export" from the left-hand menu
  3. Choose "Change file type"
  4. Click on "JPEG File Interchange Format" then click "Save As"
  5. Remember where you save your photo slide. You will need to upload it with your registration.

Submissions will be evaluated using the official 3MT® scoring (modified to the online event format). The criteria are weighted equally.

Comprehension and Content

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/ or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Were the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement and Communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
  • Was the speaker's tone and vocal range/pacing good for a video presentation? 
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?
  1. Check at your university. Most universities have their own 3MT resources to help competitors succeed.
  2. Watch this presentation and read the accompanying slides. 
  3. Consult the official 3MT video guide for competitors.
  4. Read this guide for more tips on how to prepare.
  5. Check out some winning videos from universities across Canada: here, here or here.
  6. Review some of the tips for effectively presenting in videos online (most of the tips in this article, which focuses on success in virtual interviews, will go a long way to improving the quality of your recording).



  • Avoid jargon. Present to a non-expert audience.
  • Focus on the implications of your work. What will we learn? What policies do your findings support?
  • Highlight the novelties. Did you find something unexpected or that defied conventional wisdom?
  • Make it fun. Inspire a passion for your research in others. Why does what you do excite you?

Submit my video

When you are ready to submit your video

  1. Videos must be uploaded to either Vimeo or YouTube. This can be done with a free Vimeo account (for Vimeo) or with a Gmail address (for YouTube).
  2. Make sure your video is not password protected.
  3. Register for the conference as a student and provide the link to the video in your 3MT® registration and we will embed the video on the competition page when the contest starts.