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 –SFU Finals 

Cheer on your peers, enjoy some free pizza, and learn about research being done by our awesome graduate students at SFU!

Some of this year's competitors include:

  • Danielle Hoefele, Biological Sciences master’s student: European fire ant foraging and communication
  • 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
  • Shaun Fickling, Engineering Science doctoral student: Brain vital signs after concussions
  • Matthea Wiebe, Archaeology master's student: Exploring Neanderthal Fire-Starting technologies through microarchaeology
  • Brea McCauley, Archaeology master's student: Ritualized Finger Amputation in the Classic Maya
  • Ankit Gupta, Interactive Arts and Technology doctoral student: Wearable Technologies for Healthcare
  • Michelle La, Sociology & Antrhopology master's student: Sneakerheads and their practices of trading
  • 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

Date: Monday, March 19, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Big Data Hub (ASB 10900)

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