3 Minute Thesis

FASScelerate: FASS Careers and Networking Event

January 28, 2019

FASScelerate into your career.

FASS grad students and postdocs are invited to the Faculty’s first networking and careers workshop.

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 9 am–4 pm
Diamond Family Auditorium, Convocation Mall
Burnaby campus
Register now—it’s free!

Connect with fellow grad students and postdoctoral fellows as you learn about research opportunities, potential collaborations, and explore both academic and alternative career paths. Win prizes by participating in the 3-Minute Thesis competition!

About the event

The day includes a workshop to help you improve your writing for the public, a career services talk, and information on paid research internships from MITACS, both local and international — and the first ever FASS 3-Minute Thesis heats, with a total of $1,500 in prizes! (The highest prize pool of all SFU faculties.)

The event will be fully catered, and ends with a networking reception that brings you face-to-face with FASS MA and PhD grads who are out in the real world.


Note: This schedule may have minor changes.

8:30am Registration Opens (refreshments)
9:00am Welcome and Drumming Ceremony
9:30am "Writing and Publishing for the Public"; Mark Leier, History
10:30am Coffee break
10:45am "Designing Your Life for the Future of Work"; Jill Eddy, Career Services  
11:30am Alumni Panel: academic and alt-ac career options
  • Darcie Bennett, Non-proft management consultant/coach (PhD Sociology)
  • Christina Low, Corporate Communications Officer, Provincial Health Services Authority (BA English)
  • Anthony Kupferschmidt, Executive Director, West End Seniors' Network (MA Gero)
  • Hilary Farson, Vice President, Strategic Communications, Context Research (MA Political Science)
  • Rogayeh Tabrizi, Co-founder and Chief Science Officer, Theory and Practice (PhD Economics)
12:30pm Lunch

3-Minute Thesis Competition – FASS Heats (See the GPS website for more 3MT resources and videos from previous years)

  • Bettina Cenerelli, Director of Strategic Academic Planning and Student Engagement
  • Alexander Karaivanov, Chair, Economics Graduate Program 
  • Bryan Kinney, Graduate Program Director, School of Criminology
2:45pm MITACS funding for your research; Allison Brennan, MITACS (See Mitacs Accelerate, Mitacs Elevate and Mitacs Globalink)
3:00pm FASS 3-Minute Thesis Winners announced
3:15pm Failure Wake – how academics recover when things go wrong; learn from professors about coming back from the academic edge:
  • JD Fleming, English
  • Gerardo Otero, International Studies
  • Mary-Ellen Kelm, History
4pm Catered reception at the DAC


What is 3-Minute Thesis?

One slide. Three minutes. $1,500 in cash prizes. Give voice to your thesis in SFU's annual 3 Minute Thesis competition.

You are invited to share your research with your peers by taking part in the first-ever FASS 3-Minute Thesis heat. Tell us everything we should know about your subject in less than 3 minutes.

Presentations will be judged and winners will receive cash prizes. Two winners will advance to the SFU competition on March 19.

Benefits to students:

  • Improve your presentation skills
  • Share your work and make connections with other SFU graduate students
  • Develop knowledge translation strategies for your research
  • Have a ready answer the next time a relative — or a possible mentor or funder — asks about your work
More resources and videos of past competitions are available at the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.
The two FASS SFU finalists from the 2018 competition:

Alison Butler, Public Policy master's student: Room to grow: Building better rental stock for Vancouver families

Michelle La, Sociology & Anthropology master's student: Sneakerheads and their practices of trading


  • Get to know know your fellow grad students and their research
  • Find out about the next step in your career/life beyond grad school
  • Meet FASS alumni and find out how they make a difference with their degrees

3-Minute Thesis Prizes

  • First prize: $600
  • Second prize: $300
  • Third prize: $200
  • People’s Choice prize: $400
  • Two FASS heat winners will move on to SFU's 3MT competition