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Laurier gears up for second-annual Three-Minute Thesis competition
Writing a thesis or major research paper is difficult enough. Effectively explaining it in less than three minutes? Sounds impossible.
But on March 4, Laurier’s second-annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition will challenge masters and PhD students to do just that: condense months, or even years, of research into a three-minute presentation, using only one slide.
Aimed at improving research communication skills, the 3MT® competition gives graduate students just three minutes to present their thesis, dissertation or major research paper to a panel of non-experts. The panel picks a winner based on set criteria including communication style, engagement with the audience and audience comprehension of the research.
The winner will receive a cash prize and act as Laurier’s representative at the Ontario 3MT® Competition hosted by McMaster University on April 24.
"The 3MT® helps graduate students develop the capacity to explain their research effectively and succinctly to a general audience," said Joan Norris, dean: Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. “Last year’s participants inspired us with the scope of their scholarship and their ability to communicate complex ideas simply and meaningfully.”