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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 contest

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The institutional final to selected the INRS representative for the national competition was held on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on the Zoom video conference platform. Results were announced the same day at 1:00 p.m.

Finalist for 3MT 2021

Vincenzo Corelli, a master’s student in water sciences supervised by Professor Isabelle Lavoie won a $500 scholarship for his presentation. The Eastern Regional Final will be held on June 17, 2021.

The National 3MT Competition has been cancelled for 2021 and replaced with a non-competitive showcase of 3MT videos produced across Canada.


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.
  • No accessories other than notes are allowed: no laser pointers, no clothing accessories used specifically for the presentation, etc.
  • Students are allowed a visual aid, which is strongly recommended but not required.
  • Students are allowed to use one single, non-animated PowerPoint slide to illustrate their presentation. The text appearing on the slide must be in English.
  • No audio or video aids are allowed. 


First place $500

Second place $250

Register your intention to participate by March 9, 2021

Want to represent INRS at the 3MT competition? Candidates have until Tuesday, March 9,  2021, 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.

Each research centre selects two candidates.

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Armand-Frappier Santé
Biotechnologie Research Centre
Eau Terre Environnement
Research Centre
Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications
Research Centre
Urbanisation Culture Société
Research Centre

Conditions of eligibility

The conditions of eligibility are as follows:

  • be registered in an active master’s or doctorate program (with thesis).
  • competitors who are eligible on the day of their first presentation in a local competition will remain eligible for the 3MT Canada competition, regardless of any subsequent changes to their status. 

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