Events and Conferences

Three Minute Thesis Finals

February 26, 2014

You're invited to the Finals for the 2014 Three Minute Thesis Competition, where we'd like you to help us select one of the best graduate student presenters at SFU.

  • Monday, March 10, 5:45–8 pm, Blusson Hall 9660
  • Finals will begin at 6 pm sharp. Please arrive by 5:50 pm so that competitors aren't distracted by latecomers.)
  • Note: This event will not be webcast
  • Reserve your seats.

This is an unparalleled interdisciplinary opportunity for you to hear about the interesting research that's taking place around the university, as well as to pick up some presentation techniques from some of the best graduate student presenters at SFU — and all in 3-minute segments.


  • Bekka Brodie (United States), Biology: Multi-modal Foraging and Communication in Blow Flies
  • Allison Cornell (United States), Biology: Predictive Cues and Fitness Consequences of Breeding Phenology
  • Aviva Finkelstein (Canada), Archaeology: Trace Elements in Human Skeletal Remains:  Determining Place Origin Through Portable X-Ray Fluorescence (pXRF) Analysis
  • Kimberly House (Canada), Geography: Are Natural Disturbances Disturbing Birds?  Avian Community Responses to A Changing Ecological Theatre
  • Vanessa Kong (Australia), Communication: Designing Better Public Washrooms for Our City
  • Howard Li (China), Computing Science: 3D Shape Optimization for Space Saving
  • Camina Manychief (Canada), Archaeology: Holding the Past, Present, and Future: Investigating How Cradleboards Shape International Identity Among the Blackfoot
  • Angie Natingor (Canada), Public Policy: Supporting Informal End-of-Life Caregivers in British Columbia
  • Mark Nazemi (Canada), Interactive Arts and Technology: Soundwalk: A prescription for managing anxiety in clinical settings
  • Irina Presnyakova (Russian Federation), Linguistics: Vancouver English
  • Pradeep Reddy Raamana (India), Engineering Science: Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Deanna Rexe (Canada), Education: The Political Economy of Tuition Policy Formation in Canada
  • Dominic Trevisan (United States), Education: Adjustment Difficulties Among Undergraduates: The importance of Social Communication


  • The best presenter across the university will receive $1,000.
  • The second place finisher will receive $500.
  • The audience at the Finals will be polled to select a finalist as the People's Choice winner, who will receive $250.

Judges for the finals

  • Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Pat Hibbitts, VP Finance
  • Jon Driver, VP Academic
  • Mario Pinto, VP Research
  • Sarah Temple, Executive Director, Communications and Marketing

Reserve your seats online.


  • Thanks to SFU Dining Services for sponsoring some of the refreshments before our event.
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