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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.

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You want to take up the challenge? Let us know! Submit your application by Friday, March 3, 2023 by writing to the person responsible at your centre.

Each research centre selects, from among the applications received, two students to participate in the institutional finals of the Ma thèse en 180 secondes (MT180) and Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competitions, to be held on the same day.

The two winners will represent INRS at the national finals of MT180 (May 10, 2023 in Montreal) and its English version, 3MT (date and city to come). Ultimately, they could represent INRS at the international finals.

INRS FINAL: March 21, 2023 at noon at the Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre, in Québec City


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, 2023;
  • Three Minute Thesis competition for Eastern Canada, organized by the University of Dalhousie (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:

  • Simon-Pierre Pouliot, Director, Cabinet and government relations
  • Michel Fortin, general secretary
  • and Sylvie Richard, registrar.

Three good reasons to participate

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