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Three Minute Thesis winners now on video: You be the judge

UToday HomeMay 27, 2013

By Trisha Kingcott

Emily Marasco, #UofC3MT 1st Place winner with Lisa Young, vice-provost and dean, Graduate Studies.Emily Marasco, #UofC3MT 1st Place winner with Lisa Young, vice-provost and dean, Graduate Studies. Photo by Trisha KingcottEmily Marasco is excited about what she brought home from the University of Calgary’s Three Minute Thesis Competition. Sure, she received a trophy, certificate, Workplace Speaker Network membership, and $1,000. But more important than the first place title and prizes, she says, is the concise three-minute spiel she can use anytime she needs to share about her research.

“It’s about understanding what your own research is,” Marasco says. The competition forced her to gain a better understanding of what she is trying to do, to boil it down to the key messages, and figure out how to communicate her work to friends and family without using traditional engineering language. Even other engineers have trouble understanding her cross-disciplinary research that brought electrical engineering into elementary schools and combined it with other grade five subjects, including art class. Using everyday language helps her translate the project into terms anyone can understand.

YouTube videos produced by NUTV are now available online. Those who weren’t able to make the competition can watch the 12 finalists’ presentations, and those who attended can watch their favourite speakers again.

Students wanting to compete in next year’s event can get a head start on the other competitors by watching the top 12 from this year’s competition. The videos are also another way of sharing with the world the groundbreaking research being conducted at the University of Calgary.

Marasco, a master’s of science student in electrical engineering, participated in the University of Calgary Three Minute Thesis Competition (#UofC3MT) because she was frustrated with being unable to communicate her work clearly and easily to her friends and family. She will be sharing her YouTube video with the parents of the grade five kids she worked with and her family members that were unable to attend. She’ll also be sharing the video on her website to promote her research.

 

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