For several years, Carleton participated in the Three Minute Thesis competition that asked graduate students to talk about their research in just three minutes. If you thought that was hard, this year, graduate students were asked to explain their research in just one minute. It was part of a new competition called GRADflix that was developed at the University of Waterloo.

Twenty-eight Carleton grad students took the challenge and, last Friday, April 23, their videos were showcased in a live webinar.

David Lafferty, an organizer of the event and a Professional Development Coordinator with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs said: “The quality and creativity of the participants’ submissions made it tough for our three judges to choose the winners. These students made it look easy to describe very complicated research in just 60 seconds. We are so proud of all of them.”

Participants were judged using three criteria: communication, content and technical skill, with an emphasis on the first two categories.

The videos were divided into three rounds of nine or ten. At the end of each round, people attending the live event were asked to select their choice for the People’s Choice Award.

And the winners are:

First Place: Narmin Tartila Banu (Management), Ugly Food to Fight Climate Change

Second Place: Rebecca Pinto (Mechanical Engineering), Heating Homes in Cold Climates with Solar Energy

Third Place and People’s Choice Award: Kevan MacKay (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Innovating at the Speed of Light

The three judges were:

  • Chris Cline, Social Media & Digital Communications Specialist with the Department of University Communications
  • Joanne Bree, Director, Graduate Studies and Registrar for the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Kevin McEwan, Interim Director, Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs.

The winners receive $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place and $250 for the People’s Choice Award.

The event was hosted on Zoom by David Lafferty and his colleague Karim Abuawad. The remaining videos will be posted at a later date on the CUGradStudent YouTube channel and showcased in TheGraduate@Carleton newsletter.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in ,
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