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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that assists current graduate students with fostering effective presentation and communication skills. Participants have just three minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research project to a non-specialist audience. In 2011, over 43 universities from across Australia and New Zealand have participated in this fun, highly informative and very entertaining event. UBC is one of the first Universities in North America to host a 3MT competition.

Registration to participate in 3MT 2012 @ UBC started this week and the 3MT Coaching Sessions are now underway. These sessions cover presentation tips and techniques, demos and small group practice. More details about the3MT coaching sessions and how to participate are available at:

Did you know?

The 2nd Place and People’s Choice Award in last year’s 3MT competition was Guang Yang in the Neuroscience program at UBC. Have a look at his thesis in the Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) 2008+ collection in cIRcle at:

Above partial excerpt in italics and image is courtesy of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) website at The University of British Columbia.

Engineering Physics is a fully accredited engineering program under the jurisdiction of the Faculty of Applied Science and administered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy. All Engineering Physics students in their 4th and 5th year complete open-ended projects for faculty, industry, or as self-sponsored projects based on student ideas. Students are given access to prototyping facilities, technical resources, and development support throughout the department and across campus to complete these projects.

Here is just a quick sample of recently added Engineering Physics Projects to peruse:

Devising a recipe to synthesize indium antimonide single-nanowire field effect transistors with OHMIC contacts

View this project in cIRcle at:

Swimming cueing interface device

View this project in cIRcle at:

Parametrically-enhanced nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer prototype

View this project in cIRcle at:

Portable dog ball launcher (FetchIT)

View this project in cIRcle at:

Wavelength tunable femtosecond fiber laser : results and recommendations

View this project in cIRcle at:

For further information about the program and the projects, check out these links directly below:

Did you know?

One of the Engineering Physics Projects’ took first place in the PHYS253 Mountain Equipment Ro-bot Competition 2011 back in August 2011. Find out more about this project by visiting cIRcle at:


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