UCalgary Virtual 3MT registration

Registration for the UCalgary 3MT normally occurs during the month of February.

UCalgary 3MT schedule

This schedule is meant to give you a general sense of the 3MT timing. The exact is listed below:

2021 3MT Important Dates and Deadlines


    Registration dates: Feb 1 - Mar 1


    Designing Your 3MT Talk (zoom)

    • 5 February 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Register
    • 10 February 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Register

    Designing Your 3MT Slides (zoom)

    • 18 February 2021 | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm | Register
    • 22 February 2021 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Register

    Feedback sessions will be held virtually the week of March 1 - 5, 2021. Registrants will be sent more info through the UCalgary 3MT D2L course.


    Heats: March 2020 (done virtually through the UCalgary 3MT D2L course)

    UCalgary Finals: April 19, 2021 (done virtually)

    Western Finals: TBD (UCalgary winner only)

    National Finals: TBD (Top 4 Western Finalists)

Ready to master the art of communication?

Time to show the world what you got!

Attend an information session and learn the basics

The first of our amazing 3MT workshops is called "All You Need to Know About the 3MT". This workshop is offered on the main and Foothills campuses in early February.

Learn all about the 3MT, ask a few questions and get to know some of your fellow participants!

2021: this workshop will be presented as a virtual resource.

Sign up

You've learned about the 3MT, you know you're eligible, you've talked to your friends, family, colleagues and supervisor, and everyone agrees. You need to sign up for this amazing experience!

This part is easy: come up with a catchy title and send in your registration.

Register here

Start practicing!

It takes time, careful editing and lots of practice to pull off a great 3MT talk. Time management is essential, since you're doing this alongside your other obligations.

In time, you'll need to memorize your talk. Practice with family, friends, a mirror, or try recording yourself.

Sign up for a feedback session and more workshops

My GradSkills offers 3MT workshops on vocal and presentation skills and slide design. Sign up for some or all of them. Dates and registration links are above.

Sign up for a feedback session to get one-on-one advice on your talk and slide. Pro tip: most past finalists attended a feedback session. Feedback sessions will take place March 2-5, 2021 via zoom (sign up through the UCalgary 3MT D2L online course).

Keep practicing!

You've done some workshops, attended a feedback session and you've got your talk memorized. Time to put your feet up and relax? No way! Keep practicing. Have you tried your talk while in the shower? On the train? Driving to work? Feeding the ducks? Practice, practice, practice. 

Attend your heat

This is it! You'll be in a heat of around 15 students. Heat audiences are usually small, so don't stress. Besides, you've been practicing like crazy! Have fun and give yourself a pat on the back - this is a big accomplishment. And remember to make some noise for your competitors!

2021: Heats will be held virtually through the UCalgary 3MT D2L course. Participants will submit pre-recorded videos to the UCalgary 3MT D2L course. Do you have out-takes or bloopers? Be sure to submit them too for a chance to be featured in the final event!

Going to finals

The top two finishers from each heat go to finals, which usually takes place about two weeks after the heats. We offer finalists another feedback session to really hone the small details. Make sure you keep practicing!

The winner of the finals represents UCalgary at Westerns.

2021: Finalists will have their pre-recorded videos played at the April 16 finals event (held via zoom webinar). Finalists will be interviewed live.

Video sessions and outreach

All 3MT finalists will have their talks recorded by one of our sponsors, NUTV. Recordings will take place after finals, and the videos will be posted on the My GradSkills website.

Finalists and others may have opportunities to present their talks at community events.

2021: Finalist's pre-recorded videos will be posted.

How is the UCalgary 3MT judged?

Heats and finals are judged according to three criteria, each of which is given equal weight. Note that each criterion has an emphasis on the audience.

Communication style

  • Was the topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate for non-specialists?
  • Did the speaker maintain good eye contact and vocal range, a good pace and a confident stance?
  • Did the talk avoid jargon, explain terminology, and provide background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the speaker spend the right amount of time on each element of their presentation? Did they rush or elaborate for too long?
  • Did the slide enhance the presentation? Was it clear, legible, and concise?


  • Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and aims of the research?
  • Was the significance of the presenter's research clearly outlined?
  • Did the presentation follow a logical sequence?


  • Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or 'dumb-down' the research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
  • Did the presentation make me want to know more about the speaker's research?