The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a university-wide competition for graduate students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an accessible and compelling way, with the assistance of only one static slide.
2019 will be the first year for VIU to participate in this exciting competition. Over 40 Canadian universities are taking part. The VIU winner will represent our university at the regional finals at the University of Northern British Columbia and have a chance to represent the western region at the national competition.

Introducing our Judges!

Laurie Bienert will be a judge at the 2019 3MT at VIU - thanks Laurie!

Laurie Bienert

Laurie is the Executive Director for the Nanaimo Foundation and honoured to be a part of making meaningful and lasting impacts in our community. Having a lifelong interest in humanity, Laurie pursued degrees in psychology and anthropology at the University of Calgary. Having an enduring dedication to helping humanity, she is passionate about supporting her community and giving back. In 2016, she established Mid Island Gives—a civic movement dedicated to giving back, involving 35 local organizations. She has volunteered as a director of several charitable and non-profit organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Vancouver Island, and the Vancouver Island Mental Health Society. She is the current President of the Young Professionals of Nanaimo and a Director of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners Vancouver Island Chapter. Prior to moving to Nanaimo in 2015, Laurie was the Alberta Manager of Development for the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Taylor Farrell

Taylor is a driven young Metis Marketing Professional and Community Leader in Nanaimo, B.C. She currently works as the Marketing Coordinator for Nanaimo North Town Centre. Outside of work, Taylor volunteers regularly with four different organizations including Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank, Canadian Blood Services, and Volunteer Nanaimo where she currently sits on the Board of Directors. Taylor is also a very active member of
the Young Professionals of Nanaimo and is currently the acting Director of Public Relations.

During her BBA, Taylor was fundamental in the success and development of many VIU initiatives including the Peer Supported Learning Program and the Vancouver Island Leadership Conference. A current candidate for the Master of Business Administration Degree in Executive Management at Royal Roads, Taylor is the youngest in her program. She is also a current Ch’nook Scholar with the University of British Columbia. Once she completes her Graduate degree, she hopes to teach at a university level and volunteer her knowledge to teach free business courses to underprivileged women, particularly those in her local Aboriginal community. An avid runner, her passions include shark conservation, nutrition, and education.

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