On March 7, in collaboration with Concordia University’s Graduate and Professional Skills program, IABC/Montréal presented a webinar to prepare Master’s and doctoral students for the first competition of its kind in French: “Votre soutenance en 180 secondes” or the “3 Minute Thesis Competition” in English, to be held at the Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir) conference in May. http://www.acfas.ca/evenements/congres
The training session was led by Alain Legault, IABC/Montréal board member and director of communications, public affairs and government relations at Collège Édouard-Montpetit.
Through the magic of the Internet, 43 students from across the province participated in the one-hour webinar, which taught them to condense their thesis or dissertation into a clear and simple presentation low on academic jargon. Each presentation can be no longer than three minutes and will be judged by a jury and an audience of peers – a true challenge!
View the recorded webinar online soon on the GradProSkills website: http://concordia.ca/gradproskills
Coaching for English-speaking students is being provided through onsite workshops led by Yvonne Callaway Smith, owner of Midnight Oil Ink and past-president of IABC/Montréal.
The final competition at Concordia takes place 12 April 2012, where the top two students presenting in French will go on to represent Concordia at the Acfas competition in May.
Best of luck to everyone!