Research dissemination as an academic ethos: Reflections from a PhD candidate

Jason Lajoie and Caitlin Scott at GRADtalks

I have the unusual distinction of being the first person to be a finalist or selected speaker in all three major graduate research dissemination events at the University of Waterloo: Three Minute Thesis (3MT), GRADtalks, and, most recently, GRADflix. When I was told this, I joked that the University should come up with a name for this category, like the EGOT label used by the American entertainment industry for those who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony.

Saying "Yes!" to the 3MT

Andria presenting at the 3MT

In early 2017, a colleague encouraged me to sign up for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) at the University of Waterloo. I was told that the 3MT is a competition where graduate students present a memorized script about their research in three minutes or less to a non-specialist audience.

3MT: You absolutely can do this

Cheryl Chan competing in 3MT

Ultimately, I practiced a new skill, accomplished something that I never thought I could, and gained new perspective on my work. If you have registered for this year’s competition and are thinking, “I can’t do this,” I assure you: you absolutely can.

Waterloo PhD candidate is national 3MT champion!

Gah-Jone Won

Congratulations to Gah-Jone Won, PhD candidate in Vision Science and Biology who has won the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) national competition!

For the full details, read the Waterloo News

Waterloo PhD Student wins Ontario Provincial 3MT

GRADventure congratulates Gah-Jone Won, PhD student in Vision Science and Biology at the University of Waterloo, who took home the trophy yesterday at the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Ontario Provincial Finals.

The 3MT competition challenges graduate students to explain their research in three minutes, using a single static slide and no props. Participating in 3MT is a wonderful opportunity to network, share your research with a wider audience, and hone key professional skills.

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