3MT® Three Minute Thesis

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Three minutes to... Engage, Enlighten, Excite!

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic research communication challenge that was developed by the University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia. The goal: To promote the development of graduate students’ presentation and communication skills. The challenge: To effectively explain their research and its significance to a non-specialist audience in three minutes.

3MT was developed in 2008 and now takes place at more than 350 universities around the world. The first 3MT competition was held in Canada in 2011. Currently, graduate students who win their university’s event compete in one of three regional competitions. Recordings of the top presentations from each region are forwarded to a virtual national competition hosted by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies. A Canadian champion is chosen from 11 finalists.

This year the University of New Brunswick's 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Challenge moved to an online video format following the campus closure mid-March.  After much hard work, editing and revision, 9 graduate students across both campuses took on the challenge of moving their 3MT presentations to a new video format.  Gratefully acknowledging the work of judges Susan Holt, Jeff White, Eric Cook and Lesley Balcom, we are very pleased to announce the 2020 winners:

First Place: Joanne LeBlanc-Haley (PhD, Faculty of Education, UNBF)

Second Place: Michelle Kwok (PhD candidate, Bio-medical Engineering, UNBF)

Third Place (tied): Chris Jennings (PhD candidate, Chemistry, UNBF) and Milia Aidemouni (MSc candidate, Biology, UNBSJ)

Our warmest congratulations to the winners and to all participants. We were impressed by the creativity and attention to detail that you brought to your projects.