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Three Minute Thesis Competition

The Three Minute Thesis competition allows master’s and doctoral students to present, in English, their research topic in simple terms to a lay audience. Each student has three minutes to give a clear, concise, and convincing summary on their research project.

Institution-wide Final of the Three Minute Thesis Competition took place on March 24, 2022

Winners will represent INRS at the regional finals, and may progress to the national and international levels.

Want to represent INRS at the 3MT competition? Candidates have until Tuesday, March 4,  2022, to inform their research center of their intention to take part in the institutional competition. To do so, write to the person responsible for applications at your research and training centre.

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Each research centre selects two candidates. One candidate from each competition will be chosen to represent INRS at the national finals of MT180 and 3MT.


Participants must distil the complexities of their research project into an interesting and accessible summary, using a single static slide and no accessories.

  • Students will have 180 seconds to present their master’s or doctoral research subject.
  • Students may include a visual with their presentation. This is not mandatory, but strongly suggested. Students are allowed only one visual in PowerPoint format, not animated, to illustrate their remarks. The text on the visual must be in English. No audio or video support is allowed.



  • Active Master’s or Ph.D. candidates are eligible to participate
  • Presentations must be based on the primary research the student has conducted in their graduate program
  • Students who have already defended their thesis but have not yet graduated are eligible
  • Students with uncompleted projects are eligible to participate
  • Students in course-based programs, visiting students, exchange students, and students on leave are not eligible
  • Graduates are ineligible for competition
  • Students must present in person, agree to be photographed and video-taped, and allow any recordings to be made public

Winners must be willing to participate in the following events, as applicable:

  • Three Minute Thesis competition for the Northeast of America, organized this year by INRS for the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS), which will be held virtually on April 28, 2022;
  • Three Minute Thesis competition for Eastern Canada, organized by the University of New Brunswick, to be held in mid-June 2022 (details to come).


Note: Participants who are eligible on the day of their first presentation in a local competition will remain eligible for the 3MT Canada competition, regardless of subsequent changes in their status.



First place: $500

Second place: $250


The jury is composed of three members of the INRS administration:

  • Geneviève Chacon, Director of Communications and Public Affairs
  • Michel Fortin, Secretary General
  • Philippe-Edwin Bélanger, Director of Studies and Student Life

Science Communication training

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If you apply, you can also register for a training session offered by Acfas on February 25, 2022, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. In French only. Places are limited.

The purpose of this course is to develop practical skills in popularizing science and research results for a general public

Key dates

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Intention to participate: March 4, 2022

Institutional final: March 24, 2022

Northeast America final: April 28, 2022

Eastern Canada final: mid-June 2022 (details to come)

Three good reasons to participate

Feel like taking on the challenge? Contact Student Life Services.