stopwatchThe Three Minute Thesis competition challenges master’s and doctoral students to explain their research to a non-specialist audience.

Competition to hone grad student communication skills

What can a graduate student do with three minutes and a single PowerPoint slide?

An annual contest called the Three Minute Thesis challenges master’s and doctoral students to present their research to a non-specialist audience. The winner gets $1,000 and a chance to represent the University of Windsor at the provincewide competition being held at McMaster University on April 17. The second-place finisher gets $500 and third place gets $250.

The presentation can include research for a doctoral dissertation, a master’s thesis or master’s major research paper.

The competition is held at university campuses in 53 countries around the globe. It gives students the chance to hone skills they will need after graduation, including public speaking and using plain language to explain academic research.

An information session for prospective contestants will be held on March 5. The competition is March 25 in Vanier Hall. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Registration closes March 1 or once 20 students have signed up for the competition.

—Sarah Sacheli

Leslie McCurdyActor Leslie McCurdy will headline a spoken word night Feb. 25 in celebration of Black History Month.

Performative pieces to celebrate Black History Month

Actor Leslie McCurdy will perform the role of Viola Desmond from her one-woman show Things my Foresisters Saw to headline “Speak Black,” a spoken word night on Monday, Feb. 25, in the SoCA Armouries.

The event, presented by the student group Making It Awkward: Challenging Anti-Black Racism, is a celebration of Black History Month. It will feature singers, dancers, and poets, including: Brian Nickson, TJ Travis, Florine Ndimubandi, Andrea Obeid, Kayla Smith, Natasha Daley, and Urban Movement.

Admission is free and open to the public, 6 to 9 p.m. at 37 University Ave. E.

keyboard labelled "Job Opportunities" with logoes of FCA and WCFFiat Chrysler Automobiles and Windsor CrossFit will be on campus next week looking to hire UWindsor students.

Two local employers looking to hire UWindsor talent

The Office of Career Development and Experiential Learning will host next week two employers looking to hire UWindsor students: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Windsor CrossFit.

FCA officials will be in the CAW Student Centre Commons on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept resumés for Summer Vacation Replacement supervisors. Students from all disciplines of study are welcome to apply.

“FCA has a long partnership of hiring UWindsor talent via co-op and new graduates,” said Sarah Overton, campus engagement co-ordinator “They attended our 2019 Job Fair at St. Clair College and we are thrilled to host them now on our campus.”

On Thursday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., representatives of Windsor CrossFit will be in the atrium of the Human Kinetics Building. They will answer questions and will accept resumés for a variety of positions.

Students that are interested in employment with either organization should come dressed to impress and with copies of their resumés, advises Overton.

The Career Development and Experiential Learning office is a unit within the Office of Experiential Learning. Visit to find out more about workshops and peer advising drop-in hours, where students can get on-the-spot critiques of their resumés.

Lancer playoff run ends

The Lancer women’s basketball team lost to the Guelph Gryphons, 62-59, in the first round of the Ontario University Athletics playoffs, Wednesday in the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse; find a full recap at

In other varsity action, men and women athletes will compete in the provincial track and field championship tournament, Friday and Saturday in Toronto.

Lancer volleyball will close out the regular season this weekend, hosting Guelph in a doubleheader Friday. The women will play at 6 and the men at 8 p.m. Sunday will see both squads honour their graduating seniors before taking on the Waterloo Warriors — the woman at 1 and the men at 3 p.m. The St. Denis Centre is the setting for all these matches.

trophiesNominations are now open for this year’s GATA Awards.

Nominations invited for GATA Awards

The Centre for Teaching and Learning has issued a call for nominations for the 2019 GATA Awards, recognizing contributions from graduate and teaching assistants to the University's learning environment.

There are two categories:

  • GA/TA Awards for Educational Practice (up to two will be awarded); and
  • the GA/TA Award for Educational Leadership.

Nominations are due by May 27; find more information, including criteria, eligibility, and details of the process, on the CTL website.

balanced meal on plateThe February 2019 edition of “Workplace Wellness E-Digest” shares some of the dietary information in the new Canada’s Food Guide.

Wellness newsletter shares dietary advice from food guide

The new Canada’s Food Guide is a mobile-friendly application which provides easier access to dietary guidance, says the February 2019 edition of Workplace Wellness E-Digest.

Published by the Department of Human Resources’ Office of Employee Engagement and Development, the newsletter shares some of the information contained in the guide, released earlier this year.

Articles introduce the guide, recommend limiting highly processed foods, suggests using food labels to make informed choices at the grocery store and at home, and provides tips for healthy eating at work. Read the Workplace Wellness E-Digest.