Promote your research—virtually!

WCHRI Research Day offers trainees under the supervision of WCHRI academic members the opportunity to showcase their research progress. This year, we look forward to interacting virtually with our academic members, their trainees and our funders, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and supporters of the Lois Hole Hospital for Women!

We have adapted our annual Research Day to provide interactive learning and networking opportunities supported through a virtual event platform.

Other changes for this year include:

  • trainees must be supervised by a WCHRI academic member to be eligible to submit an abstract.
  • trainees will be judged on their abstract submissions only.
  • the trainees who have earned top grades on their abstracts will have an opportunity to present live during Research Day through a three-minute thesis (3MT-style) format.
  • top grades will be based on trainee level and will be representative of WCHRI’s three research themes: children’s health and well-being, pregnancy and developmental trajectories and lifelong women’s health.

Before you start your registration and abstract submission, please be familiar with the general expectations regarding your abstract. Please have your completed abstract open as you will be using this as a source document for the abstract submission form.

The purpose of your abstract is to:

  • present a large amount of information in a concise manner.
  • engage your audience.

Why it’s important:

  • This will determine whether you are asked to present on virtual Research Day.
  • All abstracts will be posted on our website, so it will be a chance to build your professional portfolio.


For the research itself, key components include:

  • a title
  • an introduction
  • methods
  • results
  • conclusion

Abstracts must also contain:

  • authors
  • funders

Eligibility criteria for the WCHRI Research Day 2020 program is as follows:

  • Abstract submission is open to trainees under the direct supervision of a WCHRI academic member.
  • Trainees who wish to submit an abstract must do so at the time of registration.
  • Trainees may submit a single abstract only. Where more than one submission per trainee is provided, WCHRI will accept the submission closest to the deadline.
  • All abstracts submitted to WCHRI for research day must align with our WCHRI relevance criteria.

Abstracts must be complete at the time of submission. WCHRI does not modify, amend or edit submitted information.

The abstract review process is as follows:

  • Abstracts will be assigned and evaluated by reviewers on our Research Day abstract review committee.
  • The reviewers will first confirm alignment with WCHRI relevance criteria and then score the abstract. 
  • The top grades for each trainee level, allocated by WCHRI theme, will be offered the opportunity to make a 3MT-style presentation on November 4.
  • All abstracts that have been reviewed and meet WCHRI relevance criteria will be published on our website.
  • WCHRI will provide notification to all trainees of the outcome of their abstract submission on or before October 5.
  • A listing of the abstracts that have been selected for a 3MT-style presentation will be posted to our website on October 6.

Please note: iPads and mobile devices are fine for attendees but not for presenters! Presenters, please use a laptop or desktop when giving your 3MT-style presentation.

Trainees who have earned top grades will have an opportunity to present a three-minute thesis (3MT-style) presentation live on Research Day. 

Those chosen will have three minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research to a non-specialist audience, after which there will be three minutes for questions from judges and other audience members.

You may wish to review the following resource for your 3MT-style presentation:

Presentations will be as follows:

  • Each three-minute presentation will be live.
  • Each presenter will be allowed one, non-animated slide. Presenters will need to share their own screens in order to use the slide.
  • The slide will only be on the main screen for the first 90 seconds of the presentation. After that, the presenter will be on the main screen.
  • Presentations will be immediately followed by a live three-minute question and answer component.
  • A moderator and two judges will be in the (virtual) audience.  
  • Be aware that you will have a diverse audience including trainees, faculty and representatives from the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation and/or the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. We suggest that you tailor your presentation to this mixed audience.

WCHRI hosts two Learning Sessions, the first to help you prepare your abstract and the second to help you complete your 3MT-style presentation.

“How to prepare your abstract”

“How to prepare your 3MT-style presentation for WCHRI Research Day”

Abstract submission for WCHRI Research Day closes September 15 at 4 p.m.

Applications must be submitted to WCHRI using the WCHRI 2020 Research Day registration form. Late abstracts will not be accepted.

Access to WCHRI 2020 Research Day registration will close for a period of system maintenance between September 15 at 4:01 p.m. through to September 16 at 8:30 a.m.

WCHRI will notify trainees on the outcome of their abstract submission by October 5.

WCHRI is supported by the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and supporters of the Lois Hole Hospital for Women. Without their generous support, our institute would be unable to continue to support the research done by you and your colleagues.

It is imperative that you acknowledge funding of your research as all research is supported in some way by a financial commitment. If you are unsure of the source of funding for your project, please ask your supervisor. All research projects funded by or receiving subsidized research services from WCHRI must acknowledge the support of WCHRI and the appropriate Foundation, including using logo(s) on your presentation slides.

Further information on acknowledgement requirements and logo files can be found on WCHRI’s acknowledgements and logos webpage.

Questions? Contact WCHRI grants administration at .