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3 Minute Thesis Challenge Returns to Trent University

March 20, 2017

Trent graduate students present years of research in just three minutes in fifth annual competition

Representing years of work, a graduate thesis can take up to eight-hours to read in full, but Trent University graduate students competing in the annual Three Minute Thesis competition will have just three minutes and one PowerPoint slide to explain their highly specialized, technical research to a general audience on March 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Market Hall.  

“To translate intricate and detailed research into a short, easily accessible presentation is a huge and daunting challenge. Our graduate students do such an impressive job, not only in the quality of their research, but in their ability to share it with the audience,” said Dana Capell, academic skills instructor at Trent University. “The Three Minute Thesis competition is always a fun event for the students, judges and the community. It’s a unique opportunity to learn about the graduate student research underway at Trent.”

Contestants are judged on comprehension, engagement, and communication by a panel made up of alumni and community members. Audience members will be asked to vote for the $250 Provost’s People’s Choice Award, and the first and second-place winners also receive cash prizes. The first-place winner will go on to represent Trent University at the provincial finals in April at the University of Waterloo.

Judges for the 2017 competition include: Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, medical officer of Health, Peterborough Public Health; Yvonne Lei ’98, director of Community Development, New Canadians Centre; Linda Whetung, partner at Whetung Law, and Sydney Birrell, director of Peterborough Singers and founder of the James Fund for Neuroblastoma Research.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia for research students.