RRU 3MT Competition


The 3MT Competition was developed by The University of Queensland in 2008 and now, more than 900 universities from more than 85 countries worldwide participate, including 45 from Canada. The aim of the competition is to cultivate students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

A typical university thesis or dissertation can run between 40 and 240 pages. Do you think that you could tell your audience what you are doing, how you are doing it and how it relates to the real world in just 3 minutes to a non-specialist audience?

Ten Royal Roads University master and doctoral students will try to do just that on March 10, 2021 presenting their research at the RRU 3 Minute Thesis competition.

The winner will represent RRU at the Western Regional virtual competition hosted by Athabasca University on May 13th, 2021. Regional winners go on to compete at the National 3MT Virtual Competition and the winner will be announced on the CAGS website.

This year’s competitors are:

  • Natassja By, Master of Arts in Leadership, presenting “Leading in the Middle: Towards Thriving Middle Leadership in BC Independent Schools”
  • Kate Dunn, Doctor of Social Sciences, presenting “Wisdom Seeking for Culturally Relevant Perspectives on Liver Wellness”
  • Chloe Faught, Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication, presenting “Calling the Circle: A Personal Journey to Establish a Community of Environmental Educators Across Four Public School Districts in British Columbia”
  • Lisa Gedak, Master of Arts in Learning and Technology, presenting “Strengths and Superpowers: Revolutionary Experiences of School District Sixty-Four During the COVID-19 Pivot”
  • Clarissa Huffman, Master of Arts in Environment and Management, presenting “Sustainable Community Development in Northern Communities: Applications for Affordable Housing in the Yukon”
  • Heather Lannon, Doctor of Social Sciences, presentinf “Home is Where the Heart Is: The Connection Between Home and the Transplant Journey”
  • Stephanie McCallum, Doctor of Social Sciences, presenting “Can We Achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 at the Community Level for People in Vulnerable Situations?”
  • Peter Rasquinha, Doctor of Business Administration, presenting “Understanding Dynamics Within IT for Providing Effective Service”
  • Crystal Isabel Sandoval, Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication, presenting “Mountain and Ocean Strikes: Exploring Embodied Sense of Place and Ecological Identity in Kaihewalu Lua”

Royal Roads faculty Frederic Fovet, Shelley Jones, Kathleen Manion and Geo Takach will judge the competition.

The RRU 3MT Competition is hosted and organized by the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost, under the leadership of Theses and Dissertations Manager, Janine Hughes and Jo Axe, Professor with the School of Education and Technology.

The Royal Roads Three Minute Thesis competition will be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST. To watch remotely, contact Janine Hughes by Monday, March 8th for log-in information