Training Sessions / Workshops

Faculty Heats

Faculty Date Time Location Organizer's Contact Registration
Arts and Social Sciences March 1st        
Communication, Art, and Technology TBA        
Applied Sciences
February 12th 9:00-11:00am ASB 10900 Eventbrite - click here
Environment TBA        
Science March 14th 1:00-4:00pm SSB7172  
Health Sciences N/A        
Education TBA        

Open Heats / Wildcard

The wildcard competitions are open to graduate students who can't attend their faculty heat or whose faculty did not have a heat. 

Vancouver TBA      
Burnaby TBA      
Surrey TBA      


To register for your faculty or a wildcard heat, please click on the link for that particular heat. If you have questions, please contact

Registration cut offs:


SFU Final

The winner and People's Choice winners from each heat will proceed to the university wide final to compete for the top prize. Another People's Choice winner will also be selected by the audience at the final.

Reserve your seat now!

March 19, 2018 4:30-6:30pm Big Data Hub, ASB 10900

Western Regional Competition 

We'll fly SFU's winner to the 3MT Western Regional Competition.

Organized by the Western Canadian Deans of Graduate Studies (WCDGS), up to 17 graduate students from Western Canadian Deans' Agreement participating universities are eligible to participate. The top three competitors at the Western Regional 3MT Competition will go on to compete at the National Canadian Competition. 

The Western Regional 3MT finals will be held on April 17, 2019 at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George.

Our colleagues at UNBC have provided the following information:

The Western Regional Finals for the 3MT at UNBC will be held on April 17 at 1:30 pm at the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in downtown Prince George. We will have a luncheon at 12:00 preceding the event. We are also inviting the participants to attend a dinner the evening before at 6:00 pm (location to be confirmed). Based on feedback from the University of Regina, we will make the lecture theatre available to participants either the evening before or morning of for practice and to familiarize themselves with the room. We are currently working on special rates for hotel bookings and the hotel will be located within walking distance of the WIDC building and the location of the dinner. Unfortunately, our residence will still be occupied at this time, so we are unable to offer on-campus accommodations.

Please note that non-thesis students are not able to compete in the Western Regional. The top SFU thesis-based student finalist will proceed to the Western Regionals.

 April 17, 2018 UNBC Prince George Watch the Livestream 

National 3MT Virtual Competition

Sponsored by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS), three graduate students will move forward from the Western Regional competition to the nationals.

Date TBA Location TBA

Three Minute Thesis – 2018 SFU Finals 

Watch the videos from the SFU Finals

First Place and People's Choice Winner: 

  • Danielle Hoefele, Biological Sciences master’s student: European fire ant foraging and communication

Second Place Winner:

  • Brea McCauley, Archaeology master's student: Ritualized Finger Amputation in the Classic Maya

Danielle will compete at the Western Regional Competition at the University of Regina on April 27, 2018. Good luck, Danielle!

All of the presentations were informative and interesting. Thank you to all who competed this year, including:

  • Alison Butler, Public Policy master's student: Room to grow: Building better rental stock for Vancouver families
  • Allison Carter, Health Sciences doctoral student: Desires embraced: A critical analysis of sex, love, and relationships among women living with HIV
  • Shaun Fickling, Engineering Science doctoral student: Brain vital signs after concussions
  • Ankit Gupta, Interactive Arts and Technology doctoral student: How can wearable technology support self-management of Arthritis?
  • Michelle La, Sociology & Antrhopology master's student: Sneakerheads and their practices of trading
  • Gioachino Roberti, Earth Sciences doctoral student: Volcanoes in a changing climate
  • April Wang, Computing Sciences master’s student: How modern learning resources fail conversational programmers
  • Matthea Wiebe, Archaeology master's student: Exploring Neanderthal Fire-Starting technologies through microarchaeology