2020 Arts 3 Minute Thesis heat winners

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Graduate students from English, Fine Arts, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Theological Studies and Sociology convened Friday, March 6th for the annual Arts Three Minute Thesis (3MT) heat. Audience members learned about the engaging and illuminating graduate research happening in the Faculty of Arts firsthand from many of our impressive graduate students. 

The Arts 3MT heat shows students the importance of distilling their research down to a three minute presentation with one static slide to convey the breadth and "so what?" value of their research. We were pleased to welcome fifteen graduate students into our competition, and from that group, the top two Arts 3MT heat winners advance to the University 3MT competition.

Group picture of all Arts 3MT heat competitors

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Arts 3MT heat:

1st place ($250 cash prize) and People's Choice ($100 cash prize) winner: Martin Turpin, Psychology PhD candidate — Bullshit Makes the Art Grow Profounder Martin's research looks at how "pseudo-profound bullshit" titles makes people see abstract art as more profound than paintings with a mundane title or no title at all.

2nd place ($200 cash prize): Sarena Daljeet, Psychology PhD candidate — Emotional Processing and the Alliance in Psychotherapy  Sarena researches how clients learn to process their emotions over the course of therapy and how this is impacted by the quality of their relationship with their therapist. 

3rd place ($150 cash prize): Tandeep Sidhu, Sociology and Legal Studies PhD candidate — Assessing the Efficacy of School Resource Officers: A Multi-Jurisdictional Approach Tandeep assesses the efficacy of the school resource officer program and aims to measure several metrics among jurisdictions that use and do not use the program. He aims to measure student perceptions of police legitimacy, student levels of criminal justice system involvement and outcomes, and student levels of educational attainment.
 

Are you a graduate student interested in competing next year? Keep an eye out for our social media promotion in January/February 2021 and you could be one of our next winners!

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