UBC’s Multidisciplinary Undergraduate 3 Minute Thesis Competition

Research isn’t finished until you communicate it. Undergraduate students from any faculty doing a honours thesis or directed studies are encouraged to apply and fine-tune their communication skills!

Congratulations to our top 10 finalists!

Join us on  February 15, 2020 to see them present their 3MTs live; the event is open to the general public. Stay tuned for more details.

Top 10 finalists:

Angela Chuang Biology
Maggie Coval Psychology
Paris Gappmayr Linguistics
Steffani Grondin Astronomy
Andy Hung Kinesiology
Ana Ivkov Behavioural neuroscience
Laurel Neufeld Microbiology
Rithikha Rajamohan Geographical biogeosciences
Katie Rink Physics
Jamie Wong Biology

See more about the finalists → 


Join UBC’s undergraduate 3 minutes thesis competition.


Are you currently taking a directed studies course or writing your honours thesis as apart of your non-professional undergraduate degree? Then you’re eligible to participate.



We’re building a panel of professors from every faculty to provide feedback to the students participating in the competition. If you are a professor and interested in adjudicating, click the button below!

What is 3MT?

This event will provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to submit a recorded 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) of their directed studies or honours thesis. Students have a static powerpoint slide and must give a 3 minute oration of their research background and findings in the context of a general audience.

For the initial submissions, all applicants will receive feedback from a panel of UBC faculty adjudicators outside of their field of study on their submitted 3MT, which will be useful for future oral presentations and a unique challenge to get students thinking about what relevance their research has as they begin to conduct their studies.

A group of the most outstanding applicants will then be selected by the adjudication committee to compete for 1 of 3 cash prizes in the live competition on February 15, 2020.


3MT & UBC.

We are thrilled to say that this event has been endorsed by the UBC PURE Award as part of the UBC Strategic Plan to expand awareness, interest, and accessibility of research to undergraduate students. For more details on the PURE award, click here.