Thesis and Major Project SnapShot

Thesis/Major Project SnapShot

Cape Breton University’s Thesis/Major Project SnapShot event provides a platform for CBU students to present key aspects of their research to a live audience. This event is open to students in their final year of study at CBU and is similar to the National Three Minute Thesis (3MT) event organised by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS).

Contribute meaningfully to scholarship and knowledge mobilization

Each participant delivers a presentation which must be engaging and accessible to a non-specialist audience. The most engaging and successful presentations discuss a key idea or finding relating to the student’s research.


  • 3-minute presentation
  • Only one static slide can be used
  • Presentations must be engaging and accessible to a non-specialist audience
  • Aim to present one key idea or finding relating to your research
  •  Video recordings of the presentations may be uploaded to the CBU website

Event Date: The event is usually held during CBU’s Research Month in March each year.

Preparation: You are welcome to participate in three preparatory workshops organised by the CBU Department of Communication. All sessions will include ample opportunity for discussion and practice in a friendly environment. Location and dates to be determined.

  • Session 1: We will provide background on the program and answer any questions. Then, focusing on their own topics, participants will learn how to structure and organize 3 minute presentations of their thesis or major project. We will help participants decide what to include, how to work within the time limit and what practice techniques they can employ to focus their content. We will also explore how to select a visual for their presentation.
  • Session 2: We will discuss and demonstrate how strengthening visual, vocal and verbal communication skills can significantly enhance presentations.  Participants will also have the chance to take part in activities that will help them alleviate nervousness and communication apprehension associated with public speaking.
  • Session 3: Participants will have the opportunity to fine tune the delivery of their presentations through extensive practice with individual feedback.

Assessment: You will receive feedback that will highlight the strengths of your presentation and suggestions for improvement.

Student interested in participating can forward their name, academic program and a tentative title of their major project or thesis to Brenda LeLoupAssistant to the Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, School of Professional Studies.

For more information contact Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

2018 SnapShot Theses

2017 SnapShot Theses

2016 SnapShot Theses

2015 SnapShot Theses