TWU graduate students tell their research story in three minutes or less at the 2024 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Every year TWU graduate students are challenged to distill their research into an engaging and informative short talk at the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition.

To excel in the competition, students must deliver a clear, compelling, and captivating story on the aims of their research and its significance for broader society. 

TWU's Three Minute Thesis Competition 2024

Come and attend the 3MT on March 14, 2024 to see how graduate students at Trinity Western share the story of their research through short and engaging three-minute talks. See event details


Opportunities for learning

Organized by the Office of Graduate Studies, the 3MT competition is an annual event that provides opportunities for graduate students to share their research discoveries with others and exercise confidence in communication and public speaking.

Trinity Western students benefit in many ways from participating in 3MT events. They receive coaching to help them summarize and present their research to a general audience. These skills can become useful when students participate in conferences, work on grant writing, publish their research, build their network, apply to funding agencies, and many other aspects of their academic and professional lives.

The 3MT event was founded by The University of Queensland in 2008. Today, 3MT competitions are held in at least 600 universities across more than 65 countries worldwide. In Canada, winning students from various institutions can advance to compete at regional and national levels.

Here are the participants at TWU's upcoming 2024 3MT competition:

Maggie Chang
Program: Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology (CPSY)
Supervisor: Marvin McDonald, PhD
3MT Title: Shamans as Indigenous Healers in Taiwan 

Amy Dryer
Program: Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology (CPSY)
Supervisor: TBD
3MT Title: Religious Trauma and Play

Melissa Kramer
Program: Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology (CPSY)
Supervisor: Marvin McDonald, PhD
3MT Title: Can You Hear Us? Unheard Voices of Individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Rebecca Stewart
Program: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Supervisor: Barbara Astle, PhD, RN and Kendra Rieger, PhD, RN
3MT Title: Realizing the SDGs through Working Together for Equity During the Global Pandemic

Jen Zhou
Program: Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology (CPSY)
Supervisor: Deepak Mathew, PhD, RCC
3MT Title: Unspeakable Pain among First-generation Chinese Immigrants

About the 3MT competition

Trinity Western University started hosting 3MT competitions in 2013, organized by the Office of Graduate Studies. Learn more at the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

About Graduate Studies at TWU

At TWU, you will not only receive a top-quality education as a graduate student, but you will also become a part of a community that is dedicated to using their education and skills to make a positive impact on the world through their Christian beliefs and values. TWU is known for its commitment to innovation and providing its students with the tools and resources they need to succeed in their chosen fields. Learn more at TWU's School of Graduate Studies

About Trinity Western University

Founded in 1962, Trinity Western University is a global Christian liberal arts university. We are dedicated to equipping students to discover meaningful connections between career, life, and the needs of the world. Drawing upon the riches of the Christian tradition, seeking to unite faith and reason through teaching and scholarship, Trinity Western University is a degree-granting research institution offering liberal arts and sciences as well as professional schools in business, nursing, education, human kinetics, graduate studies, and arts, media, and culture. It has campuses in Canada in Langley, Richmond, and Ottawa. Learn more at or follow us on Instagram @trinitywestern, Twitter @TrinityWestern, on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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