3MT Applications and Resources

Information for Trent 3MT Participants

Thank you for your interest in Trent's 2019 Three Minute Thesis Competition! Applications are now open until January 15, 2019.


The application committee will review your application and allocate spots in a manner that a) ensures that a diverse range of Trent's graduate programs are represented b) gives priority to talks that show promise of excelling in terms of 3MT's judging criteria. c) gives priority to students who have completed a significant portion of their thesis. All decisions will be communicated to applicants by February 13, 2019.

Apply now!

In order to apply, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Students wishing to participate in Trent’s competition will be asked to complete a short application form asking for information on their program and advisor.
  • This form will ask applicants for a tentative title, a 3-sentence summary of their proposed talk and a 3-sentence explanation of how their talk will appeal to a general audience.
  • This form will also ask students to confirm their eligibility, consent to 3MT® confidentiality/intellectual property guidelines, and agree to be video-taped. Prize winners' videos will be shared publicly.
  • A sub-committee of the GSC will review applications.

Please contact danacapell@trentu.ca if you have questions about the competition.

Confidentiality and Intellectual Property Guidelines

  • The information presented during the Three Minute Thesis Competition must represent the work of the presenter.
  • Judges and audience members are not asked to sign non-disclosure agreements. If participants' research is being/has been conducted under contract with an outside sponsor, they should discuss the related contractual terms of confidentiality and intellectual property with their supervisors before presenting the research project.
  • All public sessions of the competition, including but not limited to oral presentations, are open to the public at large. Any and all of these public sessions may be broadcast to interested persons through media which may include the Internet.
  • Any data or information discussed or divulged in public sessions by presenters should be considered information that will likely enter the public realm, and presenters should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information discussed, divulged, or presented in these sessions. This means if your research includes confidential or culturally sensitive material you should think very carefully about how you can present this information. We advise that you discuss your competition entry with your supervisor(s) before entering the 3MT®.
  • The School of Graduate Studies and Trent University may make photographs, videotapes, and/or audiotapes of the presentations or material prepared for use in presentation at the 3MT®.

Resources for Participants

Trent 3MT Videos: Past Winners

Resources to Help You Create Your 3MT® Presentation

Academic Skills Workshop: Date TBA

"How to Talk About Your Thesis in Three Minutes"  (I. Mewburn, 2012)