Event: UBC holds the Three Minute Thesis competition, where graduate students condense their thesis into a three-minute talk that anyone can understand.
Date/Time: Semi-final: Wednesday, Feb 29, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Final: Friday, March 2, 12 (noon) – 1 p.m.
Location: Graduate Student Centre Ballroom
6371 Crescent Road
For a map, visit: http://www.maps.ubc.ca/?408
Details: Twenty-eight students from all fields of research – medicine, forestry, psychology, law, engineering, computer science, and more – will compete in the semi-final event on Wednesday. Eight finalists will be selected for Friday’s final, moderated by CBC radio journalist and UBC adjunct professor Kathryn Gretsinger.
Researchers are increasingly called on to bridge the gap between the ivory tower and main street. They get to practice these skills in popular contest such as Dance Your PhD and the Three Minute Thesis.
For the second year, UBC is holding its own Three Minute Thesis competition. Graduate students distill complex thesis research into an engaging three-minute talk for a general audience. They are judged on comprehension, the ability to communicate effectively, and to engage the audience.
The Three Minute Thesis initiative started at the University of Queensland in Australia in 2008 and has spread to universities in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Fiji, the United States and more. UBC was one of the first universities in North America to hold a competition.
The Three Minute Thesis final will be held on the first day of Celebrate Research Week, a public showcase of events and activities that represent UBC’s strengths and diversity in research.
For more information about the Three Minute Thesis competition, visit: http://3mt.grad.ubc.ca/