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 6, 2020).

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.

Presenters must be available to present, in person, on the day of their program heats. If chosen to move on to VIU's 3MT Finals, they must also be available to present, in person on April 6, 2020 from 6-8pm. The VIU winner must be able to travel to Edmonton for the regional competition on April 21, 2020.

Judging Criteria

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

2020 3MT VIU Rubric
2020 3MT VIU Rubric

Dates to Know

Friday, March 27 @ 4pm: Programs to forward names of three students that will be their representatives at the VIU 3MT

Monday, April 6 @ 6pm: VIU 3MT Competition in B108|R105

Tuesday, April 21: Western Regional Competition at the University of Alberta


  • 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

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 a round trip to Edmonton to represent VIU at the Regional Championships on April 21, 2020

2nd Place


People's Choice