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March 28, 2017
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Dec 10/12

You might spend three minutes reading a newspaper article, making a sandwich, or cleaning your shoes.

Not insignificant accomplishments, but Laurier PhD and master’s students in thesis programs are invited to do something much more cerebral in a three-minute time slot: deliver their thesis.

On March 8, 2013, Laurier will host the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition at its Waterloo campus. PhD and master’s students interested in entering the competition must condense their research into a brief, engaging presentation for a non-specialist audience, using a single presentation slide.

A judging panel will assess students on set criteria including communication style, engagement with the audience, and audience comprehension of the research.

“The 3MT® will help graduate students to develop their academic, presentation, and research communication skills,” says Joan Norris, dean: Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. “Developing the capacity to explain their research effectively and succinctly to a general audience will be of great benefit to students.”

Winners of the Laurier competition will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to represent the university at the Ontario 3MT® competition hosted by Queen’s University on April 18, 2013.

Started at the University of Queensland in 2008 as a single university event, the 3MT® competition is now held in Canada, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Laurier’s 3MT® is being organized by Laurier’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Writing Centre (with support provided by the Graduate Students' Association through the Graduate Enhancement Fund). Registration is open until February 1, 2013. For more information, including eligibility, competition rules and workshop dates please click here.


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