Only 3 minutes to save the world

UBC grad students get to the crux of the matter

Can graduate students really distill years of complex thesis research into three short minutes of easily understood presentation for a general audience?
Yes they can.

Proof positive can be witnessed as the 2nd annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition returns to UBC’s Vancouver campus this year.  More than 100 grad students from across the academic spectrum have registered to participate in departmental heats, with top finishers advancing to campus-wide semi-final and final rounds.

Forestry’s Carolina Chanis, a semi-finalist in last year’s competition, says the “3MT is a way to teach graduate students how to stop living in their heads and start talking to people about why their research matters. After all, we are all doing something to save the world, right?”

The Three Minute Thesis Competition’s final event will be held on the first day of Celebrate Research Week: Friday, March 2 at noon in the Graduate Student Centre’s Ballroom.

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