Pint of Science is an international science festival that brings research outside the boundaries of universities by organizing speaker series in bars. This is a unique opportunity for scientists and engineers to share their work with a large audience of non-experts and for the public to hear about recent discoveries made in universities and meet… Read More Eager to quench your thirst for knowledge? Pint of Science is back in Montreal from May 14-16th!
It’s January, and this means several things: The weather is cold, the Montreal Island is covered in snow and ice, the Winter term has begun… and it’s Three Minute Thesis/Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes time! As it is explained here and here, Three Minute Thesis/Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes (3MT/MT180) is a competition in which graduate students… Read More 6+1 reasons why a graduate student should consider 3MT/MT180
Olivier Sulpis, PhD student in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and 2017 winner of Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes, reflects on the impact of the McGill wide Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes / 3 Minutes Thesis Competition. Olivier Sulpis, étudiant en doctorat au Département des Sciences de la Terre et des Planètes et… Read More 3 Minute Thesis at McGill: Disseminating Research / Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes à McGill : Vulgariser la Recherche
Conference season is approaching, which provides grad students with many opportunities to travel, meet new people, and share their research. As a grad student, whether or not you want to end up in academia, attending and presenting at conferences helps to hone transferrable skills which are important in the research world and the workplace. To… Read More Why you should be presenting at conferences
My master’s thesis is about 95 pages long. That’s a lot of information to reduce down to a two-page script that can be read in three minutes. But that’s what I did, along with 11 of the most inspiring young researchers I have ever had the chance to meet at McGill. It all happened on… Read More 3 minutes to summarize 2 years
Part 1: The Dos and Don’ts In approximately 21 days I will be presenting my first ever oral presentation at a conference as a graduate student. I have presented posters before but this is new, exciting territory. Instead of 3-5 minutes of floor time, I have 15-20! Instead of a single poster, I’m generously allowed… Read More How to prepare a great conference presentation:Part 1
I’m working on an application. If this thing pans out I’ll be doing science outreach with kids a few times a year. In addition to the usual “describe your research” and “describe your publications”-type sections one typically finds in applications, it also included this: “Describe your research as you would to a group of 8-… Read More A challenge: can you talk to kids about your research?
My life for the past couple of months has been pretty much ridonculous. Here’s how it started: Supervisor: “You should give a talk at the ESC meeting this fall.” Me (panicking, but appearing outwardly calm): “Cool. But, um, I have no data yet.” Supervisor: “Well, it’s two months away.” Me (hopefully): “How about a poster?”… Read More Conference woes and PowerPoint crimes