Rules and Regulations



  • Presenters must be currently registered in a Masters (thesis route only) or PhD program in the Faculty of Science 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 recorded.
  • Presenters must be available to present live on the day of the competition. 
  • Presenters must not have placed in the top three 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 three minutes maximum and competitors exceeding three 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 either 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?
  • Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?