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Competition Rules and Regulations


  • Presenters must be currently registered in a Masters (thesis route only) or PhD program at Memorial University
  • PhD students who have defended but have not yet graduated are eligible
  • Presentations must be based on research that is directly related to the student's graduate program thesis
  • Presenters must agree to be video-taped
  • Presenters must be available to present, in person, on the day of the competition. To advance in the national competition, Memorial winners must also be available to present, in person, at the 3MT Canadian final
  • Presenters must not have placed in the top 3 of a 3MT competition before


  • 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)
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (eg. no poems, raps or songs)
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final

Judging Criteria

  • Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
  • Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more?



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