Snapshot Thesis

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

Schedule of Mandatory Workshop Sessions

All participating students must take part in three preparatory workshops organised by the CBU Department of Communication. These sessions will include ample opportunity for discussion and practice in a friendly environment. All sessions take place in CC 261.

Session One: Friday, February 8 | 11:30am – 1pm | CC 261
We will provide background on the program and answer any questions. We will then discuss communication apprehension—the nervousness many of us experience when we are called on to speak in public. Participants will have the chance to take part in activities that will help them alleviate communication apprehension associated with public speaking. We will then discuss and demonstrate how strengthening visual, vocal and verbal communication skills can significantly enhance presentations.

Session Two: Friday, February 15 | 11:30am – 1pm | CC 261
Focusing on their own topics, participants will learn how to structure and organize a 3 minute presentation 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 Three: Friday, March 8 11:30am – 1pm Participants will have the opportunity to fine tune the delivery of their presentations through extensive practice with individual feedback.

Thesis/Major Project SnapShot Event
The final event will take place on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 11:30am – 2pm in CC 261. Refreshments will be provided.

Contact Us

Nicole MacDougall
Research Administration Officer: Facilitation and Outreach