Final round for Three Minute Thesis research contest coming Thursday

Transforming how we think about our body shape. Balancing personalized marketing campaigns with consumer privacy concerns. Rehabilitating World War II veterans through university education.

These are some of the five research presentations that will be squaring off Thursday, March 29 from noon to 1 p.m. in the final round of Brock University’s 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Challenge.

Now in its sixth year at Brock, the 3MT Challenge originated in Queensland, Australia in 2008 as a way for students to explain their research to a broad audience in plain, accessible terms. Presenters have three minutes and a single slide image to summarize their research.

The Brock finals will be held at Pond Inlet Thursday with the winning presenter taking home $500 and advancing to the 3MT Ontario Regional round at York University April 19.

Brock’s 3MT finalists are:

  • Ali Anwar, MSc in Management, “The Personalization-Privacy Paradox in M-commerce: Loyalty Outcomes Explained Through Customers Flow Experience and Regulatory Foci”
  • Aly Bailey, PhD in Applied Health Sciences, “Get with the program — the BIAS program”
  • Cody McMahon, MA in History, “Soldiers to Scholars: Veterans and Universities in Post-war Canada”
  • Kaitlyn Kerridge, MA in Applied Health Sciences, “Mindfully Making Our Way in the World: The Exploration of Mindfulness Among Post-Secondary Students”
  • Shannon Kitchings, MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies, “Can You Hear Me Now?”

A three-judge panel will evaluate presentations on their use of plain language, structure, flow, capturing audience interest and other aspects of communication, comprehension and engagement.

A different panel of judges selected the five finalists from 12 presentations delivered at the Feb. 15 preliminary round. Presenters had three minutes and one slide to tell the story of their research.

Topics ranged from the environmental impacts of human population growth to developing a support system for fathers of newborn infants to the effectiveness of Ontario laws regarding services for adults with developmental disabilities.

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