3mtlogotr.png"As a research communication competition, the 3MT® is a demonstration and reminder of how all research connects with and has implications for, society at large.”

 Dr. Mavis Reimer, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies
University of Winnipeg
(Host of the 2022 Western Regionals)

Western Regionals

Students representing participating universities from across western Canada will meet at the University of Saskatchewan this spring to compete to see who can explain their complex thesis concepts with just one static slide in regular terms so those of us who are non-specialist people can understand what they are working on!

Be bold. Be ambitious.

The first 3MT® took place in 2008 at the University of Queensland, Australia, and has since grown to become an international academic competition. Since 2011 the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in over 200 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide.

The 3MT challenges graduate students to develop skills in translating their research and its impact to an audience of non-specialists. This skill is becoming essential for many purposes:

  • Funding proposals
  • Transitioning into employment
  • Generating interest in, awareness of and support for academic research
  • Communicating with confidence and clarity to diverse audiences

Grad students also tell us that while they are developing their 3MT talk it helps them unpack research roadblocks, helps to refocus their energy and contributes to finding a revitalized passion for their thesis topic!

Participating University Info

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Saskatoon East - University
1838 College Drive

Conveniently located, the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Saskatoon East is right across the street from our 3MT main venue (a 5-minute walk) and the University of Saskatchewan campus.

  • Group Name: Western Region 3MT
  • Dates: May 24-27, 2023
  • Room Type Available: Two queens at $139.00/night
  • Cut-off date: April 21st,  2023

Book online

Group booking link
Group Code: WR3

Book by

Toll-free 1-800-HOLIDAY ( 1-800-465-4329 )
Hotel direct 1-306-954-1250

Saskatoon Airport #YXE
2625 Airport Dr costs approx $42-46 via Uber and takes less than 30 min

Location 1: Holiday Inn Express
1838 College Drive

Location 2: College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
110 Science Place, Room 116 Thorvaldson Bldg

- 10 am - competitors, come by the college and let us know you have arrived
- 11 am - grab and go lunch will be available: please hang around and get the lay of the land
take a break, check-in at the hotel or accompany one of our hosts for a walk to enjoy campus

Location 3: 3MT Venue at the GSA Commons 
Emmanuel & St. Chad Bldg., 1337 College Drive

- 1 pm - space check: all competitors welcome
- 2 pm - event start
- 5 pm - event wrap

Location 4: Farewell Dinner at Filosophi Wise Cuisine (to be confirmed)
414 Cumberland Ave N
Hosted by the College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, Dean Debby Burshtyn

- 6 pm - farewell dinner 



*Schedule is estimated, is subject to change and is intended to help with preliminary planning.


Walking Route


Walking Map or USask Campus Map

  • TBD
  • The winner of the Western Regional competition will be invited to present their talk at CAGS in the fall of 2023.

All competitors must complete these forms and include them with their registration details.

Live Stream


People's choice

The winner of the People’s Choice Award is up to You! Support USask's graduate students by casting a vote for your favourite presentation – it’s easy. The ballot will be available on May 25th.

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