Graduate Studies

3 Minute Thesis


3 Minute Thesis


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Meet Our ​Judges

Each year the School of Graduate Studies will look to staff, faculty, alumni and the community to assist in judging our heats and final.  Past notable judges from outside Queen's have been Dr Judy Cipot-Wechsler (Dupont), Janice Mady (Director, Innovation Park), Peter Gallant (Endotec), Hon Peter Miliken, P.C., Ann Lukits (Journalist, Wall Street Journal), Linda Ann Daly (past Chair of KGH), Bhavana Varma (President, United Way KFLA).

Judges for 2014 were!

Heat 1 Judges 2014

Dr Duncan Hunter

Dr Duncan Hunter - Graduate Coordinator, Department of Public Health Sciences

Dr. Duncan Hunter received his PhD in Health Services Research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Program Director for the Masters of Public Health Program. He has worked as a public health epidemiologist in Ontario and Newfoundland, and from 1996 to 1999 served as Director of the Health Information Partnership, Eastern Ontario Region. From 2006-200, he worked with the Public Health Agency of Canada on the Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the State of Public Health in Canada. He has been with the department since 1999.

Dr Zsuzsa Csergo

Dr Zsuzsa Csergo - Graduate Coordinator, Department of Political Studies

Professor Csergo obtained her undergraduate education at the Babes Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania, and her graduate training at the George Washington University in Washington, DC (PhD in Political Science and MA in Russian and East European Studies).  Before joining the Queen’s faculty, she was Assistant Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Women’s Leadership Program in U.S. and International Politics at the George Washington University.  She was also a regular lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute.  Currently, she serves as Vice President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities and Associate Editor of Nationalities Papers. 

She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in nationalism, democratization, and Central and East European politics.

Dr Carlos Prado

Dr Carlos Prado, Emeritus

C. G. Prado is professor emeritus of philosophy at Queen's University. Dr Prado was born in Guatemala, C.A., and grew up in San Francisco, Calif. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, earning his B.A. and an M.A. He then taught at Chaminade University in Honolulu before emigrating to Canada and doing his Ph.D at Queen’s University, where he taught philosophy until retirement.

During his time at Queen's C. G. Prado supervised more than thirty Ph.D and M.A. theses and published numerous articles. 


Dr Georgia Fotopoulos

Dr Georgia Fotopoulos - Associate Professor, Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering

Professor Georgia Fotopoulos is a Geomatics Engineer by training and has held academic positions at the University of Toronto and The University of Texas at Dallas.

Editorial Activities : Associate Editor – Geomatica, Editor - Journal of Geodetic Science, Member of the Editorial Board - Journal of Surveying Engineering



Heat 2 Judges 2014

Dr Stephane Corteau

Dr Stephane Courteau - Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

B.Sc in 1985 from the Universite de Montreal. PhD in 1992 from the University of California at Santa Cruz (Lick Observatory).

His research interests include: Formation, evolution, structure, and distribution of galaxies, including our own Milky Way, stellar populations, distribution of visible and dark matter in the Universe, and the testing of cosmologically-motivated structure formation models.


Dr Tara MacDonald

Dr Tara MacDonald, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology

B.A.,(Hons.) University of Western Ontario, 1991. Ph.D., University of Waterloo, 1996

Interested in studying situations in which people fail to attend to all of the relevant information in their environment, and the reasons for this neglect. In her primary area of study, she is currently assessing how the restriction of cognitive capacity associated with alcohol intoxication affects the decision to engage in risky behaviors. The goal of her research is to examine why people engage in these behaviours that contradict their attitudes and intentions, even when doing so can have powerful negative consequences. Other research interests include attitudinal ambivalence, and the influence of romantic relationship properties on health outcomes.



Edward Thomas

Ed Thomas, Innovation Park

Edward Thomas is an Assistant Director of Industry Partnerships within the Queen's VP (Research) portfolio. He has 20 years’ experience as a communications professional in journalism and research administration. He has written,  co-written, managed or substantially re-edited approximately 1,500 competitive grants and contract proposals ranging in value from $3,000 to more than $40 million. He lives in downtown Kingston with his wife, Ingrid Gagnon.​


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Nancy Owen, Associate Director, Enterprise Solutions, Queen's Information Technology Services

Nancy is Associate Director, Enterprise Solutions, in Queen’s University’s Information Technology Services. She is responsible for all applications, bought or built, that are centrally delivered. She has extensive demonstrated success in operational management and leadership, and many years of higher education experience. Prior to joining Queen’s, she taught at the college level, designing and delivering new programs for higher ed and industry. Her primary areas of focus have been communication and user productivity solutions.


Finals Judges 2014

HOn. Peter Milliken P.C

Hon. Peter Milliken, P.C. is a lawyer and politician and has been a member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1998 until his retirement in 2011. He served as Speaker of the House for ten years beginning in 2011 and became the longest serving speaker in Canadian history in 2009. His tenure as Speaker is remembered for the number of tie breaker votes that he was required to make and for having presided over four parliaments.  He acts as a Special Advisor for Cunningham Swan, a law firm located in Kingston. Milliken received his graduate degree from Queens University and Dalhousie University and his attained his Master’s degree in Jurisprudence from Oxford University.


Ann Lukits

Ann Lukits writes a column in the Wall Street Journal called the Research Report. It’s the newspaper version of the Three-Minute Thesis. Her job is to write short, plain-language summaries of new health and science studies published in peer-reviewed journals, including key findings, clinical significance, methodology, and previous research on the topic. Previously, she was a reporter and editor for the Kingston Whig-Standard, spanning the era from typewriters to Twitter. She won a National Newspaper Award (NNA) in 2004 for a series of articles about the private side of Canada’s public health-care system and was nominated for a second NNA in 2007. In 1980, she was part of a Whig team that won a Michener Award for an investigative series on the health effects of industrial fluoride emissions. She has worked for the Winnipeg Free Press, Kingston Life, Equinox magazine and various other publications, including the Queen’s Gazette. She also wrote the content for a new City of Kingston website devoted to newcomers.


Michel Pharond

Michel Pharand has a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from the University of Ottawa and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Penn State University. He has taught courses in literature and drama at universities in Canada, the United States, Iraq, and Japan. He is also the author of Bernard Shaw and the French (2000) and is an advisory editor for Broadview Press. Currently he is the Director of the Disraeli Project here at Queen’s, and the general editor of the Benjamin Disraeli Letters series published by University of Toronto Press​


Anne Vivian-scott

Anne Vivian-Scott has 15 years of experience commercializing university-based research discoveries into meaningful products and services. Recently she transitioned from PARTEQ Innovations, the technology transfer agent of Queen’s University, to full-time President & CEO of Queen’s spin-off company BKIN Technologies Ltd.

A chemical engineer by training (Waterloo, 1989), she has worked in the engineering construction field and in corporate finance after her MBA (Concordia, 1995) during the telecommunications bubble.


Dr Steven LIss

Dr Steven N. Liss is the Vice-Principal Research at Queen’s University and a full Professor of Environmental Studies and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s, with research focused on environmental biotechnology and engineering, applied microbiology, wastewater and water management, and fate of contaminants in engineered and natural environmental systems. He is a member and Chair of a number of Boards and management groups as part of his role in supporting research and innovation across Canada. He has also played a significant leadership role in the advancement of university education at the undergraduate and graduate level.


Final Master of Ceremonies 2014

Master of Ceremonies - Buzz Collins

Buzz Collins, CKWS FM (Hits 104.3)

Buzz Collins of The Morning Buzz can be heard weekday’s from 6 ‘til 10 on Kingston’s heritage station CKWS FM, now HITS 104.3. 

Buzz is a graduate of Western Academy Broadcasting College and landed his first on-air gig in the summer of ’88 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Since then he’s been on the air non-stop with turns in Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary and for the past six years, here in the beautiful Limestone City. When Buzz isn’t rockin’ the morning airwaves, he tours throughout North America performing comedy hypnosis shows in places like Seattle, New York and Las Vegas. However, despite his accomplishments behind the microphone as well as on the live stage, the role he says he’s most proud of is that of husband as well as father to four amazing kids!