• A single, static slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or movement of any description are allowed), and the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration and 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) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken in standard oratory prose (i.e., no poems, raps, or songs, other than those that may be the target of research).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
  • Presentations must be made by memory; notes may not be used
  • The decision of the judging panel is final.
  • The competition will be administered in English.


Q – What proportion of my degree has to have a research component for me to be eligible to compete?

A – You are eligible to compete if your degree involves a thesis, major research paper (MRP) or dissertation.  If your program is course based, you are not eligible.

Q – I was a student at the time of my competition at my university, but will graduate before the Ontario competition.  Am I eligible to enter?

A – Yes. If you are eligible at the time of your university’s competition, you will remain eligible for the Ontario competition, regardless of your program status.

Q – I have participated in the Ontario 3MT® before. Can I participate more than once?

A – Yes.  The winner of their university final will be expected to attend the Ontario competition in person as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

Q – Can I present my oration via Skype?

A – This decision rests with your university.  The winner of the university final will be expected to attend the Ontario competition in person.

Q – Can I present my oration as a poem, rap or song?

A – No, 3MT® is primarily about developing students’ oration skills.

Q – Can I use a laser pointer or note cards?

A – No, a laser pointer and/or note cards are not allowed.

Q – Does my slide have to be in PowerPoint?

A – Yes, as the preferred format, all slides will be collated into a single PowerPoint presentation for the competition.

Q – How many transitions or animations can I have in my slide?

A – None, the slide must be static and not change in any way during the presentation. Your slide must be displayed for the duration of your presentation.

Q – Do I have to use a slide?

A – No, the slide is optional as the emphasis is on the oration.

Q – What happens if my presentation is longer than 3 minutes?

A – In all finals, a 30-second warning will be provided to competitors (a coloured card held up by the timekeeper) and a bell will sound at the three minute limit.  If a presenter continues to speak after the bell they will be automatically disqualified.

Q – Is there a dress code?

A – There is no stipulated dress requirement such as “smart casual”. Please wear whatever is comfortable for you.  NO COSTUMES (including hats, masks, etc).

Q Will I be able to see a countdown-timer at my final?

A – Yes, if you request it.

Q – Can I win more than one category?

A – Yes, it is possible to win a place (1st, runner up etc) and win the People’s Choice Award.