2021 OAC 3MT Competition

Date and Time


Online (Zoom)


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a competition for graduate students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in three minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way, using only one slide. This is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their research to a wider audience, improve their oral presentation skills and to build excitement for research that is happening here at Guelph! Presentations from 2019 Canadian 3MT® Finalists can be viewed on the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies website.

OAC Heat

For the 2021 University of Guelph 3MT® Competition, each college will hold a competition to decide upon two finalists, who will advance to the University of Guelph Final.

The prizes for the OAC competition are: 1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: $250, 3rd Place: $100 and gift cards for all participants.

Students are to register by March 24th, 2021 by filling out the 3MT registration form here.   

Tips and Resources

  • Tips from the 3MT National AND People’s Choice Winner from 2017 (OAC’s own Shanthanu Krishna Kumar, MSc Plant Agriculture) and other resources can be found here.
  • The most recent OAC winner Sara Stricker (PhD Plant Agriculture) went on to place 4th at the 2020 3MT Provincial Competition.  See her winning presentation here.  
  • 2019 UofG winner, Jenny Lui, MSc Environmental Sciences will also be returning as a judge. View an informal recording of Jenny’s 3MT here.
  • Peter Park, MSc Animal Biosciences (and returning judge), won the U of G competition in 2016. View an informal recording of Peter's 3MT here.

Final U of G Competition

The University of Guelph finals date is to be announced. More information on the U of G Competition *including the rules and eligibility* is available on the Office of Grad Studies 3MT website page.

Prizes for the University competition are as follows: 1st Place: $1,000, 2nd Place: $500, 3rd Place: $250 (Note: All prizes are paid against tuition)

The winner of the University of Guelph 3MT® competition will move on to represent the University at the provincial competition, the host and date of this competition is to be determined. 

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