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Two PhD Students Receive Honors in Concordia Three-Minute Thesis Competition

March 19, 2018

The Department of Education is proud to announce that PhD students Michelle Savard and Nathalie Duponsel were among those recognized in the recent university-wide Three-Minute Thesis Competition.

Michelle Savard Michelle Savard
Nathalie Duponsel Nathalie Duponsel

According to GradProSkills:

"The Three Minute Thesis and Project competition is an annual, international event that challenges graduate students to present their research in easy-to-understand terms to a non-specialist audience.  Participants are to present a clear, concise and engaging presentation of their work in a total of three minutes, with no props and only one non-animated PowerPoint slide. Check out some of the winning presentations from previous years on our YouTube channel." (Source:

Michelle Savard won the Runner-Up award in the PhD category for her presentation, "A 'Hand-up' Not a 'Handout.'" She received a $150 gift certificate to the Concordia Bookstore.  Nathalie Duponsel won the People’s Choice award for her presentation, "I Am the Father of the Table." She received a $100 gift certificate.

We also congratulate 3 more PhD in Education students for their presentations in the competition:    

Annie Bergeron Annie Bergeron

Annie Bergeron, for "L’acquisition du Français comme langue seconde: Une question de vie ou du mort pour les travailleurs étrangers temporaires au Québec"    

Alicia Anna Piechowiak Alicia Anna Piechowiak

Alicia Anna Piechowiak, for "The Face of Terror"

Gala Wilkie Gala Wilkie

Gala Wilkie, for "In the Shape of a Real Girl"

Education students represented 20% of all the students participating in the competition, which included 16 doctoral students and 9 master's students.

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