3MT 2018 - Daniel Meszaros, TWU Graduate Student Competed in 3MT National Championship.

We are so proud of Daniel and the TWU Graduate Program of Counselling Psychology!

It is quite an accomplishment to have TWU represented at the National Level since the finalists were chosen from 36 Graduate Schools and from more than 1800 Graduate Students.

3MT 2018 National Competition Update:

The 3 Minute Thesis 2018 National Champion is Chidera Nwaroh, a master's student in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Her research focusses on the application of new MRS technology to observe metabolite changes in the brain chemistry of children. Nwaroh likens the use of this technology to "A Virtual Biopsy," which allows researchers to peer deep inside the brain using non-invasive techniques. In her talk, Nwaroh cleverly drew upon the analogy of the brain as a box of chocolates. Whereas traditional magnetic resonance imaging technology (MRI) left scientists guessing what type of chocolates were inside "the box," Nwaroh's research on magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) promises to reveal the size, shape, position, and flavour of each chocolate. The ultimate goal of this research, according to Nwaroh, is to improve the health and wellbeing of children suffering from brain injuries. "I believe my project has many applications in health care," she stated, "and I hope that it will one day help people across the world."

The judges of this year's national Three Minute Thesis competition were extremely impressed by Nwaroh's communication skills. Nicola Luksic, Producer of CBC Ideas, noted that the "quality of the presentations among all the finalists this year was truly impressive." But what set Nwaroh apart was her command over the subject matter, and her ability to convey complex information to a general audience. "Her analogy was well suited to the topic," Luksic noted, "and her clear and confident presentation style really stood out to me." Another judge, Alejandro Adem, Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director of Mitacs, agreed that Nwaroh's presentation was outstanding. "This competition has clearly motivated the students to be at the top of their game," he stated of the 11 finalists. "Nwaroh's performance was quite remarkable. It is rare to see such research depth and communication expertise in a graduate student."

Second place in this year's national Three Minute Thesis competition was clinched by Gregory Liu, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Liu's research focusses on photocatalytic materials, and their use in breaking down pollutants in waste water and in generating electricity. Like Nwaroh, Liu also leveraged a familiar analogy to convey his complex research to a general audience. Likening photocatalysts to a "chemical rollercoaster," he demonstrated how wastewater created in the beer brewing process could be converted back into clean water, while at the same time generating electricity. The ultimate goal of Liu's research is to apply scientific principals to solve real world problems, particularly those related to water quality, pollution, and energy security. "Through this competition," Liu stated, "I learned first-hand the power and influence of the pitch. I am about to graduate, and am currently looking to bring this research and my experience in the 3MT to bear in the clean energy sector." Liu's Three Minute Thesis certainly impressed the panel of judges, but his performance also captured the imagination of the public. His video received 541 votes on the CAGS online voting system, which easily secured for him the prestigious People's Choice Award.

The organizers and judges of this year's national competition were all in agreement that the quality and sophistication of the presentations was the highest it has ever been. According to Sally Rutherford, Executive Director the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies, "this year's crop of finalists was certainly one of the best." More supervisors are getting behind the competition, Rutherford stated, and "it is obvious from the presentations that the universities are doing an increasingly good job preparing their candidates for this competition."

The 11 finalists were videotaped in front of live audiences at regional competitions held at York University, the University of Regina, and McGill University. Those finalists were chosen from 36 graduate schools and more than 1,800 students.

Competitors were challenged to explain their research and its impact to a general audience in three minutes or less. No props. One take. One slide. In addition to a cash prize of $1,500, the national champion will attend the CAGS annual conference in Winnipeg in November 2018. The second-place winner receives a cash prize of $1,000. The People's Choice winner receives a cash prize of $500.

If you haven't already seen the videos of the 11 finalists, you can watch them here www.cags.ca/3mt/3mt_videos.php

Winner: Chidera Nwaroh, University of Calgary Second Place/People's Choice: Gregory Lui, University of Waterloo

3MT 2018 Videos

Kyle Young, M. Applied Linguistics & Exegesis

On the Apostolic (and Academic) Agendas

Supervisor: Dr. Steve Nicolle

Daniel Meszaros, M.A. Counselling Psychology

Understanding Men’s Lived Experiences of Shame Related to Masculine Identity

Supervisor: Dr. Mihaela Launeanu

Marianne Cottingham, M.A. Counselling Psychology

Parenting Coordination: Helping and Hindering Factors

Supervisor: Dr. Marvin McDonald

Jerlyn Chan, M.A. Counselling Psychology

What are Educators’ Views about this Innovative Approach to Teaching Mindfulness?

Supervisors: Dr. Marvin McDonald & Dr. Robert Lee

Jocelyn Harris, M.A. Linguistics

Finding Their Own Words

Supervisor: Larry Hayashi, M.A.

Hilary Evans, M.A. Counselling Psychology

Understanding Shame Resilience: Eating Disorder Treatment for Adolescents

Supervisor: Dr. Mihaela Launeanu

Cynthia Baroud, M.A. Counselling Psychology

A Hand Across Bars: Exploring Narratives of Meaningful Connections

Supervisor: Dr. Krista Socholotiuk

Videos and results from 3MT 2017

1st Place

The Empty Cradle: Grieving a Miscarriage

Chantel Rodericks, M.A. Counselling Psychology

2nd Place

Shame Resilience in Hospitalized Adolescents with Eating Disorders

Hilary Evans, M.A. Counselling Psychology

People’s Choice Award

Grieving Behind Bars: The Experience of Incarcerated Men

Cynthia Baroud, M.A. Counselling Psychology

Figures of Dune: Artefact, Form, and the Technics of Myth

Eric Stein, M.A. Interdisciplinary Humanities

Upholding Social Justice: The Value of Clinical Educational Experiences

Flavia Bughiu, M.S. Nursing

Nurse Manager Perspectives on Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) and Hiring Practices in Long-term Care

Katrina Haynes, M.S. Nursing

Lost in Validation

Manjit Bath, M.A. Counselling Psychology

An Embodied Construction Grammar Account of the Compositionality of Conditionals in Mental Spaces

Roderick Fish, M.Linguistics

Understanding how we Heal Performance Specific Social Anxiety Disorder

Stephanie Hall, M.A. Counselling Psychology

2017 Winners


Chantel Rodericks represented TWU at the Regional Competition in Kamloops with her three minute thesis, "The Empty Cradle: Grieving a Miscarriage" and she was voted for the People's Choice Award. Link to video

How do our words and actions affect how women grieve a miscarriage? Through qualitative interviews with women who have miscarried, nurses, midwives, physicians, and social workers, this research uncovers what helps and hinders the grief process after a miscarriage in Canada. 

Bio: Chantel completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a Specialization in Psychology at the University of Ottawa, and moved to Langley, BC in 2013 to begin her Masters in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University. Upon graduation, Chantel hopes to work in reproductive and maternal health counselling. Her thesis explores what helps and hinders women’s grief following a miscarriage.  

Prior to beginning graduate studies, Chantel worked as a bilingual tour guide/interpreter at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial in France. She enjoyed meeting and teaching visitors from all around the world about Canada and Newfoundland's military history during WWI. She also loved having the opportunity to travel and visit Portugal, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Italy. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, travelling, and exploring BC’s beautiful hikes. 

Videos and results from 3MT 2015

Chantel Rodericks, M.A. Counselling Psychology, "The Empty Cradle: Miscarriage and Grief in Indo-Canadian Culture"  (Supervisor: Dr. Derrick Klaassen) First Place Winner, $500 sponsored by ORGS and opportunity to represent TWU at the GAGS Regional Competition in Spring 2016,  People's Choice Winner of gift basket sponsored by Parent Engagement and Alumni Office

Hanna Lucas, M.A. Biblical Studies, "To Extend the Sight of the Soul: Mystagogical Homilies of Theodore of Mopsuestia" (Supervisor: Dr. Craig Allert)

Kelsey Siemens, M.A. Counselling Psychology, "Embodiment of Sexuality and Spirituality"  (Supervisor: Janelle Kwee) Second Place Winner, $250 sponsored by GSA

Nicolas Noble, M.A. Interdisciplinary Humanities, "Reclaiming Theories of Humanity in Blake and Wilde" (Supervisor: Sara Pearson)

PJ Buys, M.A. Interdisciplinary Humanities, "Discourse, History, and Hockey"  (Supervisor: Dr. Bruce Shelvey)

Stephanie Hall, M.A. Counselling Psychology, "Confidence to be Heard: Treatment for Public Speaking Anxiety" (Supervisors: Drs Rick Bradshaw and Marvin McDonald)

CAGS supports the 3MT challenge because is it a great skill-building opportunity for graduate students.  It is also a public showcase of the importance and relevance of graduate studies - a theme CAGS has been working hard to promote.

Videos and results from 3MT 2014

Chantel Vanderveen - A Phonology of Stau

David Sigrist - Psalms Variants and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Winner: Greg Ekland, MSN student, “In Hospital Stroke Response”

People’s Choice: Richard Bergen, MAIH student, “Reforming Allegory in the Pilgrim’s Progress”

2nd Place: Sandeep Bhandal, MA Counselling Psychology student, “Strengthening Attachment: Waking One Generation Up”

CAGS supports the 3MT challenge because is it a great skill-building opportunity for graduate students.  It is also a public showcase of the importance and relevance of graduate studies - a theme CAGS has been working hard to promote.