3MT Western Regional Competition 2019

Congratulations to the top 4 - who will be representing Western Canada at the national competition June 4, 2019.

1st Place - Adam Ramzy - University of British Columbia

2nd Place - Shruthi Budnar Sybramanya - University of Alberta

3rd Place - Elana Varner - Simon Fraser University

People's Choice - Laura Rios Carreno - University of Calgary


Wood Innovation and Design Centre
499 George Street
Prince George, BC 

Competition Details

Winners of various 3MT competitions from across Western Canada will travel to Prince George, BC to compete. The winner of the 3MT Western Regional Competition then advances to the 3MT National Competition.

There will be four competitors moving forward to the 3MT National Competition. If the People's Choice winner is also in the top three, we will also announce the speaker in fourth place. 


  • 1st Place: $1,000
  • 2nd Place: $750
  • 3rd Place: $500
  • People's Choice: $250 

Judging Panel 

Renee McCloskey - Manager of External Relations
Regional District of Fraser-Fort George

Matt Wood - Director, Communications and Marketing
University of Northern British Columbia

Kyle Sampson - Acting Mayor
City of Prince George

Jennifer Pighin - Educator & Artist
College of New Caledonia & Prince George Secondary School 

Neil Godbout - Editor-In-Chief
Prince George Citizen

Event Background

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an international research competition where graduate students have 3 minutes to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills. It also supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. 

3MT Western Finals is a public event and is free to attend. 


Angela Seguin, Office of Graduate Programs