Updates & Announcements: 3MT Winners Gear up for Ontario University Championship and Gradifying Seeks a New Writer

We have some exciting news to bring you this week…

Gradifying is looking for a new writer!

Gradifying, the student blog of Queen’s School of Graduate Studies, seeks to fill the spot left vacant by the soon-to-be graduated Megan Bond (we’ll miss you, Megan!). To fill her shoes, we’re hosting a friendly competition. Demonstrate your journalistic prowess and show off all those time-management skills you’ve acquired during grad school by writing on a topic of your choice, related to one or more of the grad studies Gradifying themes (eg. finances, international, new students, thesis, events).  Your post must be submitted to gradify@queensu.ca no later than Friday, April 26. We will choose up to four submissions to post over the month of May.

Once all posts are up, we’ll choose our new writer – we may evaluate entries based on which one garners the best reader response, uses the funniest GIFs, or whatever else might make it shine. There are only four spots available in our competition – so don’t delay!

And here’s an upcoming event you won’t want to miss…

3MT Ontario University Championship at Queen’s, Thursday, April 18, 4pm, Abramsky House Room 032A

Last Thursday, Education Master’s student Xiaoqian Liu (supervisor: Dr. Liying Cheng) became the winner of Queen’s second annual 3-Minute Thesis competition. Second place went to Ryley Beddoe, a PhD candidate in Civil Engineering (supervisor: Dr. Andy Take), and the People’s Choice Award went to Ala’a Al-Helaili, a Physiology PhD student (supervisor: Dr. Michael J. Beyak). Liu and Beddoe will go on to represent the school among 16 other universities at the inaugural Ontario Championship, which Queen’s is thrilled to be hosting next month.

I was fortunate to be covering the Queen’s 3MT finals last week (click here for the full story), which was like watching a bunch of brilliant little TED Talks all in rapid-fire succession. If you’re thinking about how to frame your own project right now, or how to communicate your results in effective ways, check out this competition for an array of excellent models from a variety of disciplines. As someone researching at the interdisciplinary crossroads of Cultural Studies, I’m personally hoping to see more humanities and social science work represented in the Championship – anyone who can distill that kind of work down to a cogent three-minute explanation must posses an almost otherworldly clarity of thought, and that, I want to see!

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One comment on “Updates & Announcements: 3MT Winners Gear up for Ontario University Championship and Gradifying Seeks a New Writer
  1. Colette says:

    Thanks to all our students who took the plunge to compete this year. A job well done by you all. I love to hear what you are researching, so perhaps next year we can get more signing up to take on the challenge. After all learning to communicate to different audiences is an important skill to have.

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