Memorial winner of Eastern Canadian Three Minute Thesis contest off to nationals

Apr 30th, 2014

Kelly Foss

Kirk Luther
Memorial winner of Eastern Canadian Three Minute Thesis contest off to nationals

Kirk Luther, a PhD candidate in Memorial’s Department of Psychology, has won the first ever Eastern Regional Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

The event was held in Nova Scotia on April 24th with eight of eastern Canada’s greatest minds facing off to present the complexities of their research in an engaging and accessible way before a live audience – all in under three minutes.

“I'm thrilled to have won the Eastern Regional 3MT competition hosted by Dalhousie University,” said Mr. Luther. “I've always believed that it is important to make sure that my research findings reach a wide audience, and the 3MT competition was an excellent opportunity to accomplish this goal.”

Mr. Luther will now represent Eastern Canada at the national competition, which will be virtually hosted in May by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies. He will be taking on 10 other finalists from the three regional competitions: Western, Eastern and Ontario.

“As the winner of the regional competition, I am extremely pleased to be representing Memorial in Canada’s first national virtual 3MT competition,” said Mr. Luther. “It has been very inspiring to meet other emerging scholars and learn about their interesting and important research.”

The 3MT concept has had widespread international popularity since the University of Queensland developed it in 2008. Since then, the concept has grown to 170 universities across more than 17 countries worldwide. In Canada, the University of British Columbia ran the first university-based competition in 2011 and Memorial University hosted its first 3MT competition this past year, with Mr. Luther taking top honours.

“The School of Graduate Studies and Memorial University as a whole were delighted to receive the news of Kirk’s win at the Eastern Regional 3MT competition last week,” said Dr. Faye Murrin, associate dean of the School of Graduate Studies. “Kirk’s topic of child interviewing practices, is intriguing and he captivates the audience with ease. He clearly demonstrates a passion for his research in the Department of Psychology and is an excellent representative of the outstanding research our graduate students are conducting here at Memorial.

“We would like to wish Kirk the best of luck as he proceeds onto the National 3MT Competition in May.”


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