Research Festival : April 5th, 2018 

9am to 5pm

How do the Liberal Arts prepare for engaged stewardship in the 21st Century?

2018 Competition for engaged students – Presentations in Tandem with a Professor.

Submission deadline: March 6th, 2018

Click here to register for the competition

Inspired from the 3 minutes Thesis competition, 3MT, The Research Office welcomes undergraduate students, graduate students, with the support of their professors, to apply to present at Glendon’s Research Festival on their perspective on the relevancy of Liberal Arts education in the 21st Century on April 5th, 2018.  Completed or ongoing research papers are eligible for this contest. Presentations can be done either in English or in French. Presentations are to be prepared in collaboration with a faculty member doing research in the same field.

The theme of the 2018 competition can be interpreted broadly to include any type of thesis or work that questions, problematizes, articulates or validates the relevance of your bilingual liberal arts education in the 21st century: a century that is global, democratic; plural, ecological, …

To help you meet the challenge, here is a quote from the French philosopher Edgar Morin from his book; Seven Complex Lessons in education for the future.

If we are to escape from cognitive infirmity we must try to have knowledge of key problems of the world, key information about the world, no matter how difficult and hazardous the task may be. And all the more so today, when the context of all ecological, anthropological, economic, and political knowledge is … the world itself. In this planetary era we have to situate everything in the planetary complex and context.  Learning about the world as world has become a vital and intellectual necessity. The universal problem for every citizen of the new millennium is how to get access to information about the world, and how to acquire skills to articulate and organize that information. How to perceive and conceive the Context, the Global (the whole/parts relation), the Multidimensional, the Complex. [Edgar Morin, Seven Complex lessons in education for the future, 1999, p. 13]

How does a 3MT presentation work?

Participants have three minutes or less to present their research to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research information in an engaging, accessible and compelling way.

Click on the links below for some 3MT presentation examples:



To be considered for this competition:

  • Proposer must be a Glendon student (undergraduate).
  • Nomination can be done by a professor or the student may self-nominate
  • Proposals must reflect an original question.
  • Proposals can be in English or in French.
  • Proposals should include a title, a brief description, and name of the professor the student will work with
  • Students must present in tandem with a York/Glendon professor



  • 1st place: $400.00
  • 2nd place: $300.00
  • 3rd place: $ 150.00
  • People’s Choice: $150

Schedule to come


Contact the Research Office for inquiries:

Research Office

York Hall B219

Ext: 88521


Click here to register for the competition