Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I haven't started the majority of my research yet. Can I still compete?
A: Yes, you may enter at any state of your graduate program. Your presentation may present your research question and why it's important for engaging the world.

Q: My grad program isn't research-based. Can I still compete?
A: Yes, you may compete at the SFU level. However, non-thesis students will not be eligible to compete at the regional and national competitions.

Q: I have a scheduling conflict with a Faculty heat date. Is there anything I can do?
A: If you can't make your Faculty heat date, you are welcome to compete in the Open/Wildcard heats at SFU Burnaby and SFU Vancouver.

Please contact Gladys We at if you have any other questions. 

Three Minute Thesis – 2018 SFU Finals 

Watch the videos from the SFU Finals

First Place and People's Choice Winner: 

  • Danielle Hoefele, Biological Sciences master’s student: European fire ant foraging and communication

Second Place Winner:

  • Brea McCauley, Archaeology master's student: Ritualized Finger Amputation in the Classic Maya

Danielle will compete at the Western Regional Competition at the University of Regina on April 27, 2018. Good luck, Danielle!

All of the presentations were informative and interesting. Thank you to all who competed this year, including:

  • Alison Butler, Public Policy master's student: Room to grow: Building better rental stock for Vancouver families
  • Allison Carter, Health Sciences doctoral student: Desires embraced: A critical analysis of sex, love, and relationships among women living with HIV
  • Shaun Fickling, Engineering Science doctoral student: Brain vital signs after concussions
  • Ankit Gupta, Interactive Arts and Technology doctoral student: How can wearable technology support self-management of Arthritis?
  • Michelle La, Sociology & Antrhopology master's student: Sneakerheads and their practices of trading
  • Gioachino Roberti, Earth Sciences doctoral student: Volcanoes in a changing climate
  • April Wang, Computing Sciences master’s student: How modern learning resources fail conversational programmers
  • Matthea Wiebe, Archaeology master's student: Exploring Neanderthal Fire-Starting technologies through microarchaeology