3 Minute Thesis

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 Milliken, P.C., Ann Lukits (Journalist, Wall Street Journal), Linda Ann Daly (past Chair of KGH), Bhavana Varma (President, United Way KFLA).

Judges (2018)

Heat 1 Judges 2018

David Rappaport

Dr David Rappaport

David Rappaport is a Professor in the School of Computing at Queen's University. His research interests include discrete and computational geometry,  algorithm design and development, as well as connections between mathematics and music. Dr. Rappaport was an Associate Dean in the School of Graduate studies from Jan. 1,  2008 to Dec. 31, 2013.


Sue Fostaty-Young

Dr Sue Fostaty-Young: Interim Director; Center for Teaching and Learning

Currently, Sue is responsible for leading the strategic direction and operational management of the CTL, directing a variety of programs for faculty members in all aspects of teaching development and curriculum design.  She also mentors the Centre’s three graduate student Educational Development Associates and collaborates with them to design and implement programming for graduate students’ development as post-secondary teachers.

Sue is co-author of Assessment and Learning: The ICE Approach, which outlines a comprehensive yet accessible conception of learning and assessment that is popular with both teachers and students. Aside from a primary interest in assessment design, her current research involves identifying teaching strategies that support students’ ability to transfer knowledge and skills across contexts.

Bahman Gharesifard

Dr Bahman Gharesifard

Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, focusing on Mathematics and Engineering

Heat 2 Judges 2018

Miguel Hahn

MIguel Hahn - Career Services

Miguel Hahn has worked at Queen’s Career Services for 7 years, with another 7 years of experience working at the University of Toronto Career Centre, and time between on other adventures including international development, farming, and the non-profit sector. He is currently adding to his training from his Bachelor of Education, and coursework in a Master’s of Counselling Psychology with a business certificate from St. Lawrence College.

His work is divided between offering direct service to students in the form of workshops and appointments, leading the career counselling team, and working on special projects such as the Major Maps, Grad Maps, and Majors Night. He is particularly excited to be a part of the 3MT as his work with graduate students often includes working to convey the value of complex research experiences to other audiences such as employers. 

Nathalie Soini

Nathalie Soini - Head Information Services, Queen's University Library

Nathalie Soini has held several positions since her arrival at Queen’s in 2003.  Her ongoing role as liaison librarian for French Studies and for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLCU) has allowed her to build expertise in language resources for the library. In 2015, she became Head of Information Services, which strives to provide excellent customer service at each information desk across campus.

Barbara Lotan

Barb Lotan - Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Coordinator (Human Rights & Equity Office)

The University welcomed Barb to campus in May 2016.  As SPVR Coordinator, Barb works closely with the Human Rights Office and other campus partners on coordinating training and education related to sexual violence, and developing the University’s central sexual violence policy and other related policies on the Queen’s campus.  

Ms. Lotan has worked as a Child and Youth Worker with the Upper Canada District School Board, a Program and Public Education Coordinator with the Lanark County Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Program, a Public Education Coordinator with the Tri-County Sexual Behaviour Program in Lanark, Leeds & Grenville Task Forces, and also a Police Constable. 

Heat 3 Judges 2018

Sandra den Otter

Dr Sandra den Otter

Sandra den Otter researches and teaches in the area of late 18th, 19th and 20th century British history with a particular interest in intellectual and cultural history. She is currently working on the reverberations on British intellectual life of colonialism in South Asia. This work focuses on the history of colonial legal cultures. She also continues to write on social welfare ideas and policies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Jennifer Dodds

Dr Jennifer Dods - Executive Director, Student Wellness Services

For Ms. Dods, working in Student Wellness Services, which is part of the Division of Student Affairs, marks a culmination of two intersecting arcs in her career. For the past 15-plus years, she has been involved in both the health and education sectors, and is a strong believer in interprofessional practice and the value of integrated care. After undergraduate studies in nursing, education, and psychology from the University of Ottawa, she spent the next decade working both in special education in the public school board and in adolescent psychiatric and mental health services, in various roles.

Susan Korba

Susan Korba

Susan Korba is the Director of Student Academic Success Services: Learning Strategies and the Writing Centre. The former Workshop and Seminars Coordinator of the Writing Centre, Susan has also instructed a variety of writing courses, at both Queen’s and the Royal Military College of Canada, and has extensive experience with and a long-standing commitment to facilitating student success in the university context. Susan obtained her M.A. in English from Queen’s, and her Ph.D. studies focused on gender constructions in eighteenth century fiction; at some point, she hopes to complete her own thesis and convey its significance in three minutes or less.

Finals Judges 2018

Daniel Woolf

Principal Daniel Robert Woolf

Is the 20th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. In addition to his role as Principal, Dr. Woolf is a professor in the Department of History. He supervises graduate students and participates on a part-time basis in undergraduate teaching. He has also continued his research activities in British history and the global history of historical writing.  A specialist in early modern British cultural history and in the history of historical thought and writing, he is the author and editor of a number of scholarly articles, monographs, books and encyclopaedias. Dr. Woolf graduated from Queens University and received his Ph.D. from Oxford University following which he was SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at Queens. He has also served as Associate Dean and then Acting Dean of Graduate Studies. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (2005) and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.

Craig Desjardins

Craig Desjardins

– Director, Office of Strategy, Innovation & Partnerships at City of Kingston

In his role, Craig is responsible for the development and integration of strategy and innovation activity across the corporation, including Utilities Kingston. Prior to joining the City of Kingston, Craig was involved in rural economic development, where he managed Investment and Venture Capital Funds that supported business startup and expansion in the communities west of Kingston. In addition, after more than a decade as an elected municipal politician in the City of Quinte West, Craig joined the faculty of the Queen’s School of Business in 2011, teaching in the full-time MBA Program with a focus on new venture startups. He has also taught entrepreneurship at the Royal Military College of Canada. Craig is a graduate of both Western University (BA, Economics) and Queen’s University (MBA).

Isabel Turner

Isabel Turner - Politician

Isabel Turner is a Canadian politician, who was Mayor of Kingston, Ontario from 2000 to 2003. She served as a board member of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture between 2006 and 2012 Turner was born in Scotland and emigrated to Canada in 1956. Married to a Kingston dentist, John Turner, she has three children, and six grandchildren. She has lived in Kingston since 1968 Turner entered politics in 1980 and became the first woman councillor on Kingston Township Council. Elected in 1985, she went on to serve as reeve for the next 12 years, as well as on the Frontenac County Council. She was elected mayor of the amalgamated City of Kingston in 2000 and served in that position until 2003, when she was succeeded by Harvey Rose. In 2002, she was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of her many contributions to the Kingston community, and she has since had a public library branch in the Kingston Frontenac Public Library system named in her honour.

Clark Day

Clark Day

Clark has been involved in the restaurant scene in Kingston for many years. Owner of Bayview Farm Restaurant, he is back working out of the family homestead where he is happiest welcoming guests into his home and sharing that small piece of heaven in Collins Bay. He has been serving innovative local food and Canadian wines since long before it became the thing to do and nothing makes him happier than that the trend appears to have stuck.

Final Master of Ceremonies 2017

Master of Ceremonies - Julie Brown

Julie Brown - CKWS

A native of Scarborough and a graduate of the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, Julie Brown has been a part of the CKWS news team since 2003. After working as a Videographer for Rogers Television and CHEX-TV, Julie joined CKWS in 2003. As co-host for Newswatch @ 5:30, Julie covered numerous community happenings, including the annual Kingston Buskers Festival, The Belleville Waterfront and Ethnic Festival and the Festival of the Islands. Her next career move took her behind the anchor desk at CKWS, as co-host of Newswatch at six. An active member of the community, Julie supports numerous charities, including Easter Seals and the United Way’s Success by Six program. Her passions include reading, cooking, working out and spending time with family and friends. .