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3 Minute Thesis


3 Minute Thesis

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Matariki 3MT

Three minutes. Eleven of Canada's best minds. The power of the spoken word. That's the formula for Canada's Three Minute Thesis competition.

The Matariki Network’s 2019 inaugural 3MT® contest  was a huge success! Students from Dartmouth College, Durham University, Queen’s University, University of Otago and University of Western Australia competed in a virtual competition which was judged by a panel of experts from across the network.

Queen's is one of the seven founding members of the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU), whose official launch took place in May 2010. The name "Matariki" is from the Māori language, in which Matariki is the name of the Pleiades star cluster (also known as The Seven Sisters) and signifies Spring and a new beginning.

The founding members of the MNU are:

  • Australia: University of Western Australia, Perth
  • Germany: Tübingen University
  • Sweden: Uppsala University
  • USA: Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
  • Canada: Queen's University, Kingston
  • New Zealand: University of Otago, Dunedin
  • UK: Durham University


2019 Matariki Competition

Results 2019

Place Name University Title of Presentation
1st Place Katarina Doughty University of Western Australia Reducing global food waste through insect farming
2nd Place Nevena Martinovic Queen's University Acting your age - gender and age on the 18th century stage 
People's Choice Gregory LuiGregory LuiGregory LuiGregory LuiCassie Stylianou University of Otago Unravelling the genetic variants underlying inherited endometrial  cancer risk

View all the 2019 Matariki 3MT Videos