Three-Minute Thesis

An exciting new event coming to BU is specially designed for BU Graduate Students, part of a national competition called “3MT” or Three-Minute Thesis.

In a nutshell, Graduate Students in a Thesis Program can share their research with a three-minute presentation, sharing the intent and aspirations behind their research in a compelling way that can be understood by any member of the public, outside your field. The focus will be on you. No props are allowed, and only one static slide may be displayed. Download the BU PowerPoint slide template here.

At BU, we also opened this up for those of you in Course Route who may also wish to participate although you will not be eligible to advance to Regionals. Course Route students are encouraged to utilize a topic that has intrigued them throughout their program as we wish to further promote presentation skills.

Our inaugural BU 3MT competition is set for – March 11, 2020 – 7:00 PM Lorne Watson Recital Hall – School of Music

All presentations will be judged by a mix of community members. The thesis winner will advance to Regional competition held this year at the University of Alberta in April. Your travel and accommodation will be covered by BU.

The top three presentations will receive $$ prizes and a number of the presentations will also be given the opportunity to be shared at other local public events.

This is an exciting chance to get your research or area of potential influence in front of a wide audience! Please start thinking about the opportunities for your presentation. Registration is now closed.

There is lots of information available online through CAGS (Canadian Association of Graduate Studies) with sample videos of past winners / etc.

While this is new to BU, other institutions have a long history of participating.  A simple “3MT” web search is likely to provide you further background information from a variety of university sites.

For more information, please email the Education Graduate Studies Office at