Graduate students challenged to present research in just three minutes

North Bay, ON – The ability to communicate complex ideas in a way that anyone can understand is an essential skill for any researcher. Nipissing University will challenge its graduate students to do just that during its annual Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) taking place on Thursday, May 6 at 3 p.m. via Zoom.

Originally developed by the University of Queensland in 2008 to promote effective communication of research, the internationally-recognized competition challenges master’s and doctoral students to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges in just three minutes or less.

“Despite the change to a virtual format for this year’s competition we have seen a strong response, with 13 students scheduled to present,” said Dr. Jim McAuliffe, dean, Graduate Studies and Research, Nipissing University. “The breadth of topics to be covered speaks to the diversity of research taking place at Nipissing.”

The event is free and open to the public. The panel of non-specialist judges will include:

  • Chad Evans, vice president of corporate services, Ontario Northland
  • Erin Richmond, manager of economic development, City of North Bay
  • Dr. Mark Tremblay, senior scientist and director of healthy active living and obesity, at the CHEO Research Institute of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

The winner of the competition will receive $500 and the runner-up, $250. Audience members will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite presentation for the People’s Choice Award valued at $250.

For event details including a full list of presentations, visit



Meghan Venasse
Manager, Communications
Nipissing University
705-474-3450 ext. 4615