Please note the modification to the ‘Live, in-person’ 3MT rules are marked with *

  • A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration). Images used in the slide must be your own, or you must have permission from the owner of the photo(s) and provide proper credit(s).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. laser pointers, costumes, laboratory equipment or musical instruments) are permitted.
  • No notes allowed. Presentations are to be memorized. *for virtual presentations, do not read from notes.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum. Judges are recommended to deduct marks from presentations that exceed 3 minutes.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations must be based on research directly related to the student’s current graduate program thesis. Research performed for employment should not be present. Research completed as part of a prior degree should not be presented as current work.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • *Video presentations should focus on the presenter in the centre of the screen, from about the waist up. The presenter and camera will not move during the presentation (i.e. you will remain seated or standing in one place for the full duration of the presentation). Hand gestures and body language are okay.
  • *The 3 minute audio must be continuous – no edits, breaks etc.
  • *Presentations should be recorded inside, with a minimalist background (i.e. a blank wall). Do not include any visuals complementing your presentation (the only visual allowed is your one 3MT slide).
  • *Presenters must agree to have their video streamed live to participate in the 3MT final.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.