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University community prepares for Graduate Research Symposium

The Graduate Students’ Association plans week-long event in support of the discovery and dissemination of research.

(March 16, 2022) - A week-long event that promotes graduate student research at Laurentian University will take place March 21st to 25th, 2022. This student-led ‘Discovery and Dissemination Graduate Research Symposium’ is spearheaded by the Graduate Student Association, with support from the Office of Graduate Studies

Presentations about current research projects from students and candidates enrolled in Master and PhD programs will be offered. A volunteer panel of student judges from the Science Communication program will award prizes to the best presentation delivered in each faculty. Awards will also be distributed for the top French presentation and top Indigenous content presentation. 

Students from Biology and Science Communication programs will additionally participate in a ‘Sci Comm Bio Bites Showcase.’ Produced and directed by the Science Communication students, this group of biologists will engage and inspire the audience with their fascinating research and polished presentation skills.

Graduate students also have the opportunity to compete in Laurentian’s 3 minute thesis (3MT). 3MT is a university-wide competition in which participants present their research in 3 minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way, using only one slide. 

“The 3MT competition provides graduate students with an opportunity to refine skills that can be transferred after graduation to diverse career paths,” said Stacy Sathaseevan, Laurentian’s Graduate Information Officer. “Distilling research into a clear form, without over-simplifying or making it overly-complex, and highlighting the wider implications of the research are important skills to carry into post-graduate employment and public service.”

Laurentian’s 3MT competition winner will be invited to compete at Provincial Finals to be held at the University of Guelph on May 4th, 2022. 

Speaking positively about the upcoming symposium and its numerous offerings, Laurentian’s Vice President of Research, Dr. Tammy Eger said: “We are extremely proud of the tireless efforts and dedication of our graduate student body. Research and scholarship conducted by Laurentian’s graduate students continues to address important questions for northern Ontario and Canada, often done in partnership with industry and community partners.” 

All are invited to take part in this week-long event. Apart from the 3MT competition that will take place in the Classroom building, in Room C-203, on March 23rd, 2022, 12:00 noon - 2:00pm, all other events will be hosted via Zoom. 

The following Zoom link provides access to the week-long event. 
The Symposium presentation schedule with abstracts can be found here.