3MT (Three Minute Thesis) is an international research competition where graduate students have 3 minutes to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills. It also supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.
3MT Ontario is a public event and is free to attend.
The first 3MT competition was held at the University of Queensland in Australia in 2008 with 160 Research Higher Degree students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Since 2011, the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in over 600 universities and institutions across 59 countries worldwide.
Beginning in 2013, Ontario hosted it's first provincial 3MT competition featuring representatives from 19 graduate schools. Now an annual event every spring, York University will be hosting 3MT Ontario in 2018.