Trinity Western University

School of Graduate Studies

3MT Overview

Announcement: Winner of 'People's Choice' Award

Chantel Rodericks represented TWU at the Regional Competition in Kamloops with her three minute thesis, "The Empty Cradle: Grieving a Miscarriage" and she was voted for the People's Choice Award. Link to video

How do our words and actions affect how women grieve a miscarriage? Through qualitative interviews with women who have miscarried, nurses, midwives, physicians, and social workers, this research uncovers what helps and hinders the grief process after a miscarriage in Canada. 

Bio: Chantel completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a Specialization in Psychology at the University of Ottawa, and moved to Langley, BC in 2013 to begin her Masters in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University. Upon graduation, Chantel hopes to work in reproductive and maternal health counselling. Her thesis explores what helps and hinders women’s grief following a miscarriage.  

Prior to beginning graduate studies, Chantel worked as a bilingual tour guide/interpreter at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial in France. She enjoyed meeting and teaching visitors from all around the world about Canada and Newfoundland's military history during WWI. She also loved having the opportunity to travel and visit Portugal, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Italy. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, travelling, and exploring BC’s beautiful hikes. 

Canada’s 3 Minute Thesis Champion” 

“More supervisors are getting behind this project [3MT] as they recognize the importance of the skills it teaches. Coaching and mentoring become more sophisticated each year, “says Sally Rutherford, CAGS’ Executive Director. “The calibre of the submissions showcases the academic rigour and real-world engagement that is critical to Canadian graduate education.” Link to finalists.

National 3MT Competition

The National Canadian 3MT Competition, organized by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS), took place in May 2016.

For more information about the National 3MT Competition and to view the rules, visit the CAGS website.

Next TWU competition: March 2017, check back for further information.

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Past 3MT Events

Videos and results from 3MT 2015

Chantel Rodericks - The Empty Cradle: Miscarriage And Grief In Indo-Canadian Culture

Chantel Rodericks, M.A. Counselling Psychology, "The Empty Cradle: Miscarriage and Grief in Indo-Canadian Culture"  (Supervisor: Dr. Derrick Klaassen) First Place Winner, $500 sponsored by ORGS and opportunity to represent TWU at the GAGS Regional Competition in Spring 2016,  People's Choice Winner of gift basket sponsored by Parent Engagement and Alumni OfficeHanna Lucas - To Extend the Sight of the Soul: Mystagogical Homilies of Theodore of Mopsueestia

Hanna Lucas, M.A. Biblical Studies, "To Extend the Sight of the Soul: Mystagogical Homilies of Theodore of Mopsuestia" (Supervisor: Dr. Craig Allert)

Kelsey Siemens - Embodiment of Sexuality and Spirituality

Kelsey Siemens, M.A. Counselling Psychology, "Embodiment of Sexuality and Spirituality"  (Supervisor: Janelle Kwee) Second Place Winner, $250 sponsored by GSA

Nicolas Noble - Reclaiming Theories of Humanity in Blake and Wilde

Nicolas Noble, M.A. Interdisciplinary Humanities, "Reclaiming Theories of Humanity in Blake and Wilde" (Supervisor: Sara Pearson)

PJ Buys - Discourse, History, And Hockey

PJ Buys, M.A. Interdisciplinary Humanities, "Discourse, History, and Hockey"  (Supervisor: Dr. Bruce Shelvey)Stephanie Hall - Confidence to be Heard: Treatment for Public Speaking Anxiety

Stephanie Hall, M.A. Counselling Psychology, "Confidence to be Heard: Treatment for Public Speaking Anxiety" (Supervisors: Drs Rick Bradshaw and Marvin McDonald)

Videos and results from 3MT 2014

Chantel Vanderveen - A Phonology of Stau
Chantel Vanderveen

David Sigrist - Psalms Variants and the Dead Sea Scrolls
David Sigrist

Greg Ekland - In Hospital Stroke Response
Winner: Greg Ekland, MSN student, “In Hospital Stroke Response”

Richard Bergen - Reforming Allegory in The Pilgrim's Progress
People’s Choice: Richard Bergen, MAIH student, “Reforming Allegory in the Pilgrim’s Progress”

Sandeep Bhandal - Strengthening Attachment: Working One Generation Up
2nd Place: Sandeep Bhandal, MA Counselling Psychology student, “Strengthening Attachment: Waking One Generation Up”

CAGS supports the 3MT challenge because is it a great skill-building opportunity for graduate students.  It is also a public showcase of the importance and relevance of graduate studies - a theme CAGS has been working hard to promote.    

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