VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity



To participate in VIU's 3MT you must currently be registered in a graduate program at VIU. Students must not have graduated prior to the date of the competition final (April 13, 2021).

Presentations must be based on research that is directly related to the student’s graduate program thesis. Research performed for employment should not be presented.

VIU's 3MT Finals will be held via Zoom on April 13, 2021 from 6-8pm and it is expected that all program finalists attend the Finals. 

Judging Criteria

Please see the following link to the judging rubric for this year's VIU competition.

2021 3MT VIU Rubric
2020 3MT VIU Rubric

Dates to Know

April 5: Programs to forward names of three students that will be their representatives at the VIU 3MT

April 13 @ 6pm: VIU 3MT Competition via Zoom

May 13 (afternoon): Western Regional Competition hosted by Athabasca University. Need to provide a pre-recorded video, static ppt slide, and a photo .  The deadline to submit all three will be Friday, April 30, 2021. 


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description)
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted
  • No additional props (e.g. laser pointers, costumes, laboratory equipment or musical instruments) are permitted
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum. Judges are recommended to deduct marks from presentations that exceed 3 minutes.
  • Presentations are to be spoken words (e.g. no poems, raps or songs)
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when the presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.


3MT_Training Session

This is the slide deck used at the training session in 2020 - but it all still applies! The only difference is that your presentation is pre-recorded. 

Handbook and Previous Finalists - this link will take you to the CAGS 3MT website, just scroll down a bit and you will see links to the videos.


1st Place

$500, some VIU swag, and the opportunity to represent VIU at the Regional Championships on May 13

2nd Place


People's Choice