Three Minute Thesis

Find resources to help you prepare for the 3MT.

"If you can crystallise your years and years of intense study into three minutes that will captivate, entertain and educate a non-specialist audience, I’d say there isn’t a grant you can’t get or a job you can’t secure."

Simon ClewsMaking the Most of Your Three Minutes

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There are a variety of workshops and resources available to help graduate students describe their research in interesting and novel ways, and be able to communicate it in a variety of settings and contexts. These sessions are offered by a mix of service providers: Centre for Educational Excellence, Research Commons,  Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Mitacs.

Spring 2023 offerings

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Slides and Templates

* 3MT Heat PPT Template
Powerpoint template for competitors.
* 3MT 2013 Finals
2013 SFU competition slides
* 3MT 2014 Finals
2014 SFU competition slides


Looking at how past competitors performed is a good way to pick up presentation tips.

In this TED Talk, Melissa Marshall shares powerful tips on presenting complex scientifc ideas to a general audience.

Julia Lane from the Faculty of Education gives some tips on "what not to do" in your 3 Minute Thesis presentation.

SFU Library Resources

The SFU Library has a list of resources to help you improve your presentation skills

The Library also offers SFU users free acess to's training library. It's mostly used for learning software, but they also have a great 1-hour video on Effective Public Speaking, including tips on body language. (You may need to login through the SFU Library and then do a search for "public speaking" to get to this video for free.)

There are also a large number of tutorials on Powerpoint as well as on design topics — the designing a poster tutorial would be useful for designing a good 3MT powerpoint slide.

Additional Resources