A graduate thesis can take up to eight-hours to read in full, but on April 13, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at Market Hall, graduate students from Trent University will have just three minutes and one PowerPoint slide to explain their highly-specialized, technical research to a general audience.
“This is a great opportunity for members of the public to come out, learn something new, and experience first-hand the incredible research that is happening at Trent,” said Dr. Michael Eamon, principal of Traill College and host of the event. “What’s fun about 3MT is how much fascinating information you can get in one sitting. Our graduate students work so hard to not only compress years of research into a three-minute presentation, but also explain complicated concepts in a way that’s meaningful for people outside their field.”
Contestants are judged on comprehension, engagement, and communication by a panel made up of alumni and community members. Judges for the 2023 competition include: Nicole Stephenson, CEO of Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas, Megan Murphy, actor, comedian, and honorary fellow of Traill College; and Dr. Cathy Bruce, vice-president of Research and Innovation at Trent.
Audience members will also be asked to vote for the 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 May at Queen’s University.
There is no registration for this free event, and it is open to the entire community.
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia for research students.
About Trent University
One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.
For more information contact:
Cara Walsh, Communications & Media Relations Officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6240 or firstname.lastname@example.org