After months in the lab, in the field, in the community, or in the archives, 19 Trent University undergraduate students will present their original research in a brief three-minute talk at the third annual Three Minute Paper (3MP) competition on Thursday, March 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in Nozhem Theatre, First Peoples House of Learning.
Students competing in the 3MP will prepare and deliver an engaging and informative presentation about their undergraduate research on topics ranging from Our Greatest Weapon Against ISIS: Deep Learning and Should We Be Flipping Out? Student Outcomes in a Flipped Statistics Course to Reduced Infection in Corn Smut and Bringing Fingerprints to Light.
“As a primarily undergraduate university, it’s important that Trent University provide forums to showcase the broad range of research that our students are working on,” said Melanie Sedge, Champlain College head and one of the organizers of the event. “The 3MP is a fast-paced, fun event, full of intercollegiate rivalry, and dynamic research presentations. You don’t want to miss it.”
A collaboration of the undergraduate colleges, Trent University Durham – GTA, and Academic Skills, the 3MP competition provides students the opportunity to share their work, develop communication skills, and compete for prizes. A new addition for 2017 is the introduction of the audience choice and participants’ choice awards, which offer everyone an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the presentation they deem the most informative and engaging.
“3MP encourages students to make their academic work meaningful to a wider audience and to practice clear and concise communication, skills that are essential for today’s university graduates and relevant in professional careers,” said Erin Stewart Eves, academic skills instructor and one of the organizers of the event.
Opening remarks will be presented by Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent, and student presentations will be judged by a panel of Trent University staff and alumni, including Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, Centre for Teaching & Learning; Craig Cameron, academic advisor at Trent University Durham – GTA, and alumna Sadaf Virji ’02, campaign development officer for the Scarborough Hospital Foundation. The judges have the difficult task of evaluating each presenter’s knowledge and understanding and their communication and engagement with the audience. The event is open to the public.