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March 14, 2018
For Immediate Release

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Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University will host its biggest-ever Three Minute Thesis competition on March 28.

The competition, which challenges research-based master’s and doctoral students to present their thesis or dissertation to a lay audience in three minutes or less, has attracted more than 50 students from 18 disciplines. Each will vie for $2,000 in prizes and the chance to represent Laurier at the provincial competition at York University in April.

“This is an exciting opportunity to share the breadth of research our graduate students are working on with the larger community,” said Douglas Deutschman, dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the event’s MC. “A range of disciplines will be represented; you can expect to hear presentations on topics as diverse as music therapy, economics, religious studies and biology.”

An esteemed group of community leaders and university executives, including Eileen Mercier, the university’s chancellor, and Joan Fisk, the chief executive officer of United Way Waterloo Region, will judge the competition.

“It’s such a fun event. You learn so much about so many different subjects,” said Richard Edwards, an alumnus of the Master of Science in Chemistry program. Edwards made it all the way to the national competition last year with his presentation on the use of quantum dots in cancer treatments.

For Edwards, the competition wasn’t just an opportunity to share his important research, it also helped him identify the goals of his research and communicate it in simple language. “The Three Minute Thesis gives students a chance to look at their research from the perspective of someone outside their field or discipline,” he said. “As researchers, it’s easy to forget the amount of knowledge we take for granted and the end goal beyond the immediate project.”

The Three Minute Thesis competition will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. in the Senate and Board Chambers on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. The event is free and open to the public. Audience members are welcome to drop in at any time. For more information, visit

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Media Contacts:

Claire Prime, Communications Coordinator

Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

T: 519.884.0710 x4718

Lori Chalmers Morrison, Associate Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3067


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