VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity



To participate in VIU's 3MT you must currently be registered in a graduate degree program at VIU. Students must not have graduated prior to the date of the competition final (April 5, 2022).

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 5, 2022 from 6-8pm. It is expected all the program finalists will be in attendance at the 3MT. The VIU winner needs to be able to attend the regional competition on May 6 (this may be face to face in Winnipeg, VIU will cover expenses).

Judging Criteria

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

2022 3MT VIU Rubric
2020 3MT VIU Rubric

Dates to Know

March 29: Programs to forward names of three students that will be their representatives at the VIU 3MT. Must include the static slide(s) formatted as a 16:9 PowerPoint and the video(s) of the student's presentation.

April 5 @ 6pm: VIU 3MT Competition via Zoom

May 6 : Western Regional Competition hosted by University of Winnipeg 

National 3MT Showcase: To be held virtually as part of the 60th Annual CAGS Conference, November 2022


  • 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.


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. You can also just search for 'Three Minute Thesis' in YouTube and find all sorts of examples. But remember, your research and you are different - make sure your 3MT is too.

11 Tips for the 3MT courtesy of UT Health @ San Antonio

How to do a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) or Famelab | Don't make these mistakes!  See link in box just below. Thanks to stemventurist! He says it is for PhD students in science, but the 3MT is actually for all grad students in all disciplines. Solid advice for all though. If you are not doing a scientific project just plug in your discipline when he says 'science'. NO PROPS for 3MT! 

The second part on the 'performance' is there as well. It is directed to 'live' presentation, but some good ideas for Zoom too. It is still a performance. He does speak to digital performance as well.


1st Place

$500, some VIU swag, and the opportunity to represent VIU at the Regional Championships on May 6.

2nd Place


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