UCalgary 3MT Participant Information

UCalgary 3MT schedule

This schedule provides a general sense of the timing of 3MT events and deadlines. 

Introducing the 2023 UCalgary 3MT Finalists

The following graduate students will move on from the 2023 heats to compete in the 3MT finals on April 20, 2023.

Name Program 3MT Topic
Dana Lowry Kinesiology Protection with prebiotics: An early life intervention to mitigate negative effects of antibiotics
Joseph Madamesila Physics and Astronomy Can an AI detect brain cancer earlier using diffusion MRI?
Bethany Trotter Nursing Expectations of care in the ICU
Callie Stirling Biomedical Engineering Investigating the effects of a bisphosphonate on the development of Post Traumatic Osteoarthritis (PTOA) following an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear
Jamie Roeske Biomedical Engineering Mind the gap: Identifying mismatches in the rates of pediatric brain development
Catherine Patocka Community Health Sciences Precision Feedback in Healthcare
Rumika Mascarenhas Neuroscience Understanding the genetics of seizures: A deep dive into brain tissue
Xue Yan Chan Geography Peat under pressure: The flat-out consequences of repeated seismic activity
Abdul Al-Shawwa Medical Sciences "Will I get worse if I wait?" Artificial intelligence to predict spine deterioration
Sara Far Biological Sciences Better beyond meat


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!

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.

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 workshops

Workshop registration opens Feb. 1.

Designing Your 3MT Presentation:

  • In person: Feb. 9, 12-2 pm
  • Online: Feb. 14, 4-6 pm

Designing Your 3MT Slide:

  • In person: Feb. 16, 12-2 pm
  • Online: Feb. 24, 12-2 pm

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 7-14.

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!

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.

Video sessions and outreach

After finals, all 3MT finalists will have the choice of recording their own video of their talk, or of having a video recorded for them by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. These videos will be posted on the My GradSkills website.

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.

Meet the 2023 UCalgary 3MT judges!

    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?