Student Speak

Putting your presentation skills to good use: Three Minute Thesis

Posted by Daisy Raudales on May 2, 2019 at 9:06 AM

In my last entry, I told you about how important preparation is for any presentation. In particular, we looked at all the work that goes into Three Minute Thesis (3MT®).

In case you need a refresher, 3MT® is a university-wide competition where master’s and PhD students present their research in an engaging and compelling way, using only one static slide, in three minutes or less!  

Not only is 3MT® an excellent opportunity for our future master’s and PhD students to show off their research, the event also demonstrates the benefits of prepping your presentation skills.

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Topics: Academic, Graduate Studies, Three Minute Thesis

Four tips to help improve your presentation skills

Posted by Daisy Raudales on April 25, 2019 at 9:06 AM

Preparing for any presentation can be nerve-racking. Whether you’re making a group presentation in class or presenting your own work, public speaking ranks as our number-one fear, even outranking death! So how can you get ready and maybe even enjoy the experience?

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Topics: Graduate Studies, Academics

Why I stayed at our university for graduate studies

Posted by Sarah Habibi on November 2, 2018 at 9:07 AM

Choosing a university for graduate studies can be a difficult decision. There are so many factors you need to think about before committing to both the research project and the institution.

For me, it wasn’t an easy decision, and it was for the following reasons I chose to stay at our university for graduate studies after completing my undergraduate and Bachelor of Education degrees here.

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Topics: Graduate Studies

Three minutes to make your mark

Posted by Andrea Brown on May 23, 2017 at 2:53 PM

What kinds of topics get you really excited to the point that you can't stop talking about them? Maybe it's Game of Thrones, all the destinations you want to visit someday, the Lord of the Rings books, or all the places you've chased down Pokémon.

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Topics: Graduate Studies

Top 5 tips for applying to grad school

Posted by Lokendra Ramotar on January 11, 2017 at 11:06 AM

If you’ve made the decision to continue your education by going to graduate school, and you’ve done your due diligence in finding a potential supervisor and exploring prospective universities, then it’s time to start your application. The application process is an important one because missing documents or incorrect forms could mean your application won’t be processed. It’s a scary thought when you’ve put a lot of effort into the next stage of your life, but there’s no need to panic. Having gone through two graduate studies applications, once for my master’s and then for my PhD in Mechanical Engineering, I’ve come up with the top five tips to help get you organized and ensure you have a stress-free application process.

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Topics: Academic, Graduate Studies

How to find a supervisor for graduate school

Posted by Carisa Collins on November 30, 2016 at 9:02 AM

You’ve thought about the future, listed the pros and cons, and made the decision to apply to grad school.

One of the biggest decisions to make is which supervisor(s) you would like to work with.Working with the right person can be crucial to your graduate experience.

Having been through the process three times myself, I would like to share some tips that I’ve picked up on over the years.


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Topics: Academic, Graduate Studies