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Congratulations to Chenman (Cara) Yin – Winner of Queen’s 3 Minute Thesis

March 25, 2015

Only standing room was left when eight graduate students and two post-doctoral fellows presented their research at the March 24 Queen’s 3 Minute Thesis Final. Each participant had just three minutes and one static slide to convey their research to the four non-specialist judges and the audience. The 2015 judges were Queen’s principal and vice-chancellor Daniel Woolf, Ann Lukits, a science journalist who writes for the Wall Street Journal, DuPont researcher Ken Stevens, and Keystone vice-president Toby Abramsky.

 It was a tight competition, but in the end Physics Master’s student Chenman (Cara) Yin took the first place with her presentation “Seeing the world at the tip of a laser beam”, followed by runner-up Nicolle Dominik, a PhD student in Physiology, who presented on the cardiopulmonary system. Changhai Zhu, Master’s student in Biology, won the People’s Choice Award with his presentation on fisheries research.

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Queen’s 3 Minute Thesis – A fun event and an exciting opportunity

With just one day left before the 3 Minute Thesis® final on March 24, the participants and judges are getting ready for the big event. Eight Graduate students across all disciplines will be presenting their research, on topics such as detecting waterborne pathogens, the protection of indigenous knowledge, the management of waste, or the human nervous system. For the first time in Queen’s 3MT history, two post-doctoral fellows will present their research alongside their graduate student colleagues, and compete for the People’s Choice Award. For this award, the audience can vote electronically for their favourite presentation using a new online voting system.

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Heat 2 does not disappoint us

Following on from a great heat 1, our second heat for the 2015 3 Minute Thesis competition, held today in MacIntosh-Corry Hall, was no exception.  Nine participants from across disciplines shared their research with us. Research ranged from surface water quality, to sneezing in spring!

Congratulations to all our presenters today on a job well done.  Also a big thanks to our judges today - Justin Kerr (QUIC), Carey Bidtnes (KEDCO) and Dr Sam McKegny (English). 

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Heat 1 of 3MT a Close Affair

At 1pm yesterday, the first heat of Queen's 3 Minute Thesis event took place at MacIntosh-Corry Hall.  Eight graduate students took on the difficult task of presenting their research in just three minutes.  The competition was so close that the judges had to confer on two occasions to sort out the order of who was moving on to the final on 24th March. Congratulations to all participants on showcasing your research to us all. 

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A reception to thank our Tri-Agency award winners.

Two weeks ago on Wednesday February 25th was the annual Tri-Council Award reception where Masters and PhD students (and added this year, Post-doctoral fellows) and their proud supervisors gathered together to celebrate the accomplishment of bringing in this prestigious external funding. The Tri-Council Agencies comprise the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). These councils, which are accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Industry and Minister of Health, respectively, are the major public funders of graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty research in the country.

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Support Queen's 3MT®! Heats on March 10 and 12

Come out to support graduate students present their research in three minutes! Participate in the People's Choice Award and vote for your favourite presenter in each heat. 

Heat 1
March 10th (Tuesday)

Start Time - 1pm
Venue - MacCorry Hall, room B176 Lecture Theatre

Heat 2
March 12th (Thursday)

Start Time - 1pm
Venue - MacCorry Hall, room B176 Lecture Theatre

​Find more information in the 3MT Calendar.

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Kyle Gonyou (MPL) wins Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Award.

With a thud, Kyle Gonyou hauls a large brick onto the desk before me, pointing out the rare glazed terracotta finish with a distinctive “crazing” – a network of fine cracks. It used to belong to the façade of the former McCormick’s Biscuit & Candy plant in London, ON, Gonyou’s hometown and the municipality where he now works since graduating Queen’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program and departing Kingston. As a Heritage Planner, Gonyou knows what’s behind the city you see. (Appropriately the building where this branch of city services resides is a heritage building that was recently renovated to reveal structural details from the former Capitol Theatre and the adjacent restaurant – the effect is like Queen’s own Beamish-Munro Hall, but for a different kind of edification).

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Nominations for the 2015 Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision is now open

The School of Graduate Studies invites nominations of faculty members for consideration for the 2015 Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision.  The purpose of this award is to recognize those outstanding supervisors who demonstrate excellence in advising, monitoring and mentoring their graduate students.  Two awards will be presented at the Fall 2015 Convocation: one in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and one in Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering.  

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Nearly a decade of volunteer service to Queen's earns PhD student Tricolour honour

If you’re a current member of the Queen’s community, you’ve likely seen Eric Rapos’ name, if not the man himself. Over the course of three degrees at Queen’s – nine years, he tallies – Rapos has been part of a variety of committees, associations, and societies which, if mathematics tells us aren’t innumerable, are at least hard to list. The most recent reason why the name Eric Rapos is on the tongues of many is that he is one of seven recipients this year of the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award, “the highest tribute that can be paid to a student for valuable and distinguished service to the University in non-athletic, extra-curricular activities.”

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