Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) Winners Announced


Congratulations 3MT® WINNER, Maleeka Singh, Ph.D. candidate, Food Science | University of Guelph. Maleeka is also the recipient of the People’s Choice Award.

Congratulations to runner-up recipient Sara García Vela, Ph.D. candidate cotutelle between Université Laval and University of La Rioja.

Congrats to the other 3MT® Finalists (pictured above w/ Dr. Marcia English):

Megane Beausejour, University of Alberta
Anashwar M. Valsalan, University of Manitoba
Harichandana Valisakkagari, Dalhousie University

Thank you to 3MT® CHAIR Dr. Marcia English, Associate Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, St. Francis Xavier University.




And thank you to 3MT® Judges:

  • Louis Ayotte, President of the CIFST
  • 3MT® CHAIR Marcia English, Associate Professor, Human Nutrition, St. Francis Xavier University.
  • James Smith, Director of Agri-Food, The Grove at Western Fair District
  • Janet Tou, Professor, West Virginia University

About 3MT®:

The 3MT® is an excellent opportunity for graduate students to showcase their research and its significance to a non-specialist audience in three minutes or less. It challenges their ability to communicate and present complex aspects of their research to a general audience in an engaging manner, using only one slide!

Here is a little bit of history:

Established by The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008, 3MT® is now held in at least 900 universities across more than 80 countries worldwide.

The Dean of UQ’s Graduate School, Professor Alastair McEwan, said 3MT® was designed to develop skills that will give students an important career advantage once they complete their studies.

3MT® provides a unique opportunity to profile and celebrate the innovative research conducted by postgraduate research candidates from around the world.

Here are the rules for the 3MT®:

• A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or “movement” of any description allowed).
• The slide is to remain in view for the duration of the oration.
• No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and/or video files) are permitted.
• No props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment, phones, etc.) are permitted.
• Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum; competitors exceeding three minutes are automatically disqualified.

Participants will be given a 30-second visual or audio warning.

• All presentations must be spoken (i.e., no poems, raps, or songs).
• Presentations are considered commenced when a presenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
• The decision of the judges is final.


More information about 3MT® is available at


The first annual Three Minute Thesis 3MT® competition took place at the 2022 Annual Food Summit in Guelph, Ontario on June 1, 2022.

Congratulations to 3MT® WINNER, Hannah Charnock, Ph.D. candidate, Brock University – Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute.

Congratulations to runner-up recipients Kaiwen Mu, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Food Science at UBC and Louis A. Colaruotolo, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Guelph Department of Food Science. Louis is also the recipient of the People’s Choice Award.