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16 Jun 2014

Congratulations to Canada’s 3MT Winners


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Western University’s Joseph Donohue is the 2014 Canada’s 3MT winner. He is a Master’s biochemical engineering student.

Western University’s Joseph Donohue is the 2014 Canada’s 3MT winner. He is a Master’s biochemical engineering student.

His explanation of advances in a portable technology to treat waste water was chosen from 11 semi-finalists from across Canada. He says the driving force behind his work was to address the problem of overburdened sewage treatment facilities in remote communities.

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Second place went to Saint Mary’s University (Master’s, History) student Kyle Massia for what the judges called a «refreshing social commentary» about political and cultural changes in East Germany after reunification.

The judges, Nobel laureate Dr. John Polanyi, CBC journalist Kady O’Malley and University of Waterloo Dean of Arts Doug Peers, described the presentation as engaging, informative and innovative.

Second place went to Saint Mary’s University (Master’s, History) student Kyle Massia for what the judges called a «refreshing social commentary» about political and cultural changes in East Germany after reunification.

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The People’s Choice winner was Kirk Luther, a PhD candidate at Memorial University. He explored law enforcement investigation best practices for interviewing young children who are witnesses or victims of a crime.

The People’s Choice winner was Kirk Luther, a PhD candidate at Memorial University. He explored law enforcement investigation best practices for interviewing young children who are witnesses or victims of a crime.

The 11 finalists were videotaped before live audiences at regional competitions for 36 graduate schools. They were challenged to explain their research and its impact to a general audience. No props. One take.

“The calibre of the submissions showcases the academic rigour and real-world engagement that is so much a part of graduate studies in 2014,” says Noreen Golfman, CAGS president. «It is important to ask ‘why does it matter?’ The 3-Minute Thesis project helps hone the skills to answer that question».

In addition to a cash prize of $1,500 the national champion will attend the CAGS Annual Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland in October 2014. The second place winner receives $1,000. The People’s Choice winner receives $500.

Watch Canada’s 3MT videos here.