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18 students to present in 11th annual 3MT Competition

Three students stand in front of a red backdrop.

The 11th annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition takes place Friday, March 1 in EG Hall. Eighteen graduate students will each deliver a succinct yet dynamic presentation on their research interests.

Unpacking a master’s thesis or research project in 180 seconds flat is no easy task, but later this week, 18 students from The University of Winnipeg’s Faculty of Graduate Studies students will do just that in front a live audience.

The 11th annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition takes place this Friday, March 1 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in EG Hall (3C00). The entire UWinnipeg community is invited to attend this free event.

Every year, the Faculty of Graduate Studies is proud to see the passion that emerges as students speak about their projects.

Dr. Manish Pandey

Originating at Australia’s University of Queensland in 2008, 3MT is a unique platform for graduate students. It’s one part research showcase and one part communications challenge, with some great prizes included, too.

“Participating in the 3MT gives graduate students a chance to hone the ability to explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience,” said Dr. Manish Pandey, Acting Dean of UWinnipeg’s Faculty of Graduate Studies. “This knowledge mobilization skill is necessary both inside and outside of academia.”

Each presenter has just three minutes and a single PowerPoint slide to impress this year’s panel of judges: Andrea Ladouceur, President of Bioscience Association Manitoba; Paul Samyn, Editor of the Winnipeg Free Press; and Sherri Walsh, Managing Partner at Hill Sokalski Walsh LLP.

Participants will compete for a $2,000 first-place prize, a $1,000 second-place prize, a $500 People’s Choice award, and the opportunity for an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2024 Western Regional 3MT Competition hosted by UBC Okanagan. In addition, Bioscience Association Manitoba is sponsoring an additional $1,000 award for the best presentation by an MSc candidate.

This year’s presentation lineup will take attendees on a tour through the breadth of research being undertaken at UWinnipeg.

“Every year, the Faculty of Graduate Studies is proud to see the passion that emerges as students speak about their projects,” Dr. Pandey said. “With almost all master’s programs represented, this year the audience will enjoy presentations on conflict assessment, machine learning, Ghana’s chocolate industry, Bangladesh’s artisan weavers, seals, bats, resource management, soil quality, clean energy, media and politics, crime prevention, and empowering research practices.”

Visit the UWinnipeg 3MT webpage to learn more.

Photo competition winners revealed

3MT prizes aren’t the only accolades that will be handed out on Friday. Winners of Research in Focus, UWinnipeg’s inaugural research photography competition, will also be announced during 3MT. Winning entries will also be displayed around campus and online.

 Visit the UWinnipeg Research in Focus webpage to learn more.

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