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2018 Thesis Competition in the National Capital Region

Student presenting

On October 5th, the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) hosted Two Cities, Curious Minds: Management Theses at 3 Universities in the National Capital Region. Organized jointly by the Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa), the Sprott School of Business (Carleton University), and the Department of Administrative Sciences (UQO), the event provided M.Sc. and Ph.D. students with a great opportunity to showcase their research in 10 minute presentation and a poster session.

Professional advice

During the event, keynote speaker Jim Combs, Professor at the University of Central Florida, and Visiting Professor at Telfer School of Management shared with the audience some tips regarding how to succeed in an academic career. He also talked about some of the challenges graduate students might face to land a tenure track position and remain productive after securing an academic job.

Telfer School Presenters

Representing the Telfer School, PhD student Alexander Chung, MSc. student Reem El Attar and recent MSc graduate Maria Syoufi talked about topics in the areas of health and workplace discrimination.

Alexander and Reem agreed that the event helped them understand how important it is for researchers to communicate the value and impact of their work through accessible language:

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This competition made me think about the impact of my research and its contributions to society. I’ve learned how important it is to be able to communicate my work to an interdisciplinary audience and emphasize the relevance of my research. The event is also a great opportunity to network with other graduate students and learn about their research.

(Alexander, PhD student)

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The thesis competition was an extremely valuable experience for me! As an MSc student who is about to propose my thesis research, it helped me solidify my ideas and enabled me to explain my project in simple terms, thus providing me with the preparation and practice I need for my eventual thesis presentation. Most importantly, it gave me the opportunity to receive feedback on my ideas at an early stage. Overall, it was a wonderful learning experience that I would definitely recommend to all graduate students!

(Reem, MSc student)

Congratulations to all the winners!

Thesis competition:

1st prize: Lucille Perreault, Sprott School of Business

2nd prize: Sabrina Azzi, Department of Informatics and Enginnering

3rd prize: Reem El Attar, Telfer School of Management

Poster competition:

Hamidreza Kavandi, Telfer School of Management

Peiwen Gao, Department of Administrative Sciences

The 3rd edition of Two Cities, Curious Minds: Management Theses at 3 Universities in the National Capital Region will be held in October 2019 at the Telfer School of Management. See you next year!

Students and Professors from TelferTelfer Professors Students representing the Telfer School, Vice Dean of Research, and PhD program directorVisiting Professor James Combs gives a presentationStudents representing the Telfer SchoolStudent representing the Telfer school