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 (2019)

Heat 1 Judges 2019

Sara Montgomery

Sara Montgomery - Senior Research & Planning Analyst

Sara Montgomery is a Senior Analyst in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. She does extensive analysis of various institutional and national datasets, in support of administrative initiatives. Sara also helps manage the Qualtrics survey system for campus users, including the delivery of training workshops. The Office of Institutional Research and Planning is establishing a self-service model of data using Tableau Software, so Sara and the OIRP team are undertaking Design Sprints and engaging with members of the Queen’s community as they build analytics dashboards. Sara has also worked with SGS on many projects over the years, and always enjoys learning about the research of graduate students.


Sultan Almajil

Sultan Almajil - Director QUIC

Sultan Almajil comes to Queen’s with extensive experience and expertise related to supporting international student success. He most recently held the position of Supervisor of the International Centre at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). His educational and leadership experience - along with his Masters research while studying at Royal Roads (Master of Arts, Leadership with a concentration in Organizational Change and Culture) - has focused on collaborating with teams to create positive international student experiences and innovative supports. He prides himself on being an international student, who came to Thompson Rivers University (TRU) as an undergrad, and who has made Canada home. After graduating from TRU, he became an International Student Advisor there, and in 2016 obtained his RISIA (Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor) Certification;

Cathy Keates

Cathy Keates - Director Career Services

Cathy Keates is the Director of Career Services and Experiential Learning. Her portfolio includes leading and delivering services and resources for student career development and experiential learning, such as the Queen’s University Internship Program and the Experiential Learning Hub, a new resource to support cross-institutional EL growth. Two recent projects, the Major Maps and It All Adds Up, a career health campaign with 43 career centres across Canada participating, were recognized with CACEE Innovation Awards. A 2017 research study ranked Queen’s Career Services as the second most impressive model of postsecondary career services in Canada.

Heat 2 Judges 2019

Nick Mosey

Dr. Nick Mosey - Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts and Science

Dr. Nicholas Mosey, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts & Science at Queen’s University, is an award-winning scholar who specializes in theoretical and computational chemistry, and a recognized leader in computational tribology (the study of friction and wear) – a field that combines chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, materials science, computer science, and engineering. Mosey obtained his B.Sc. in Chemistry (2001) and Ph.D. in Chemistry and Scientific Computing (2006) at the University of Western Ontario. Mosey joined the faculty at Queen’s in 2008 after a period as an NSERC PDF at Princeton University. Mosey’s novel use of first-principles simulation techniques in the context of examining how molecules and materials behave when subjected to high stresses and developing models describing the atomic-level origins of phenomena such as friction has garnered international attention for its potential impact and real-world application. His work is important from a fundamental perspective because many basic features of friction and wear remain poorly understood despite centuries of research, and in the context of real-world applications with friction being estimated to consume half of the world’s energy. His research has been reported in top-tier journals such as Science and Physical Review Letters, and has attracted interest from multinational corporations. His research has been recognized through numerous awards including the COU John Charles Polanyi Prize in Chemistry, the NSERC Doctoral Prize (awarded for the top Canadian Ph.D. thesis in the natural sciences), the Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize, and an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.

Susan Korba

Susan Korba - Director, Student Academic Success Services

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. 

Anne Craig

Anne Craig - Communications Officer, University Relations

After spending over 20 years working in community journalist in communities including Gananoque and Napanee, Anne joined Queen’s University in 2011. Her main job is building the media profile of the university and facilitating media activity on campus.

Heat 3 Judges 2019

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. 

Klodiana Kolomitro

Klodiana Kolomitro - Educational Developer Centre for Teaching and Learning

Klodiana Kolomitro, is an educational developer with the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and cross-appointed with the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University. As an educational developer Klodiana works collaboratively with campus leadership, department chairs, faculty, staff, and students to build capacity in teaching and learning. Klodiana provides leadership in the implementation and evaluation of curriculum development initiatives for the purpose of enhancing student learning. At the same time she offers essential support on different aspects of teaching and learning while staying committed to fostering diversity, inclusivity, and reconciliation and promoting a culture of well-being for all who live, learn and work at Queen's. Her extensive national and international educational development experiences are reflected in her research interests, namely program evaluation, curriculum enhancement, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, wellness in the workplace, and anatomical education. She is currently associate editor of the Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Monica Stewart

Monica Stewart - Coordinator, Faculty Recruitment and Support 

Monica Stewart supports faculty and senior staff recruitment and on-boarding at Queen's, based in the Office of the Provost/Faculty Relations. She uses her wide network of community connections to provide personalized relocation and settlement support to new faculty members and their families. Her community involvement currently includes serving on the board of KEYS (Kingston Youth and Employment Services), co-chairing the Kingston Immigration Partnership and serving as Chair of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library Board of Trustees. Prior to working at Queen’s, Monica was the Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area

Finals Judges 2019

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).

Sophie Kiwala

Sophie Kiwala - Politician

"Sophie Kiwala was the former MPP for Kingston and the Islands where she served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Children and Youth, and Tourism Culture and Sport. She served on numerous committees while in office including General Government, Estimates, Ontario Legislative Assembly, and she was the Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Jobs and Economic Policy. She has a long history of service to Kingstonians through her work in federal politics as well where she was the Office Manager to the Speaker of the House of Commons, Honourable Peter Milliken, and the Chief of Staff to MP Ted Hsu.";

Mara Shaw

Mara Shaw

Mara Shaw is Executive Director of the local, vibrant non-profit organization Loving Spoonful. She studied Chemistry at University of Illinois and Environmental Engineering Science at CalTech and worked as an Environmental Consultant for years. A sabbatical year allowed her an opportunity to volunteer in a cafe staffed by people with serious psychiatric illness. Stunned by the power of cooking good food together, she changed careers to build Loving Spoonful to the impactful organization it is today, connecting people in Kingston & Area with good food.

Final Master of Ceremonies 2019

Master of Ceremonies - Phil Gaudreau

Phil Gaudreau believes everyone has a story that matters, and through his business - Make it Matter Media - he helps bring people's stories to life. As part of his consulting work, Phil is a writer for Queen's Alumni Review magazine, and he supports research promotion with the Queen's School of Graduate Studies and Faculty of Law. Phil is originally from Ottawa, and currently lives in Kingston with his wife and son.