"To my fellow graduate students, I say 'Take on the 3MT challenge!', you will be surprised at how much you will push yourself and evolve your ability to get others excited about your science!"

- Anikka Swaby, MSc student in the School of Human Nutrition

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"Participating in the 3MT Lister Family Initiative has considerably impacted my academic, professional, and personal life. I think it was one of the best decisions I have ever taken throughout my student life."

- Jacob Liberty, PhD candidate in Bioresource Engineering

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"The experience empowered me to speak about my research in a compelling and powerful story suitable for an audience of all backgrounds and ages."

- Morgan Crowley, PhD candidate in Natural Resource Sciences

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"Their collaborative, personalized approach really helps in bringing out the best in you. I personally encourage anyone in the academic domain, undergraduate, graduate or even post-doctoral, to try their classes. I certainly did not regret it."

- Vincent Desaulniers Brousseau, PhD candidate in Bioresource Engineering

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Lister Family Engaged Science Initiative

Making science accessible

Since 2016, the generous gift of the late E. Edward, BSc(Agr)'55, MSc'57 and his wife, Teresa, has supported over 50 workshops and events offering dynamic science communication training. To date, the program has taught more than 240 Macdonald Campus students and researchers to make their science accessible by honing their content, physical presence, visuals and voice to effectively engage a variety of audiences. Thanks to this continued generous contribution, the program will deepen its impact by collaborating with McGill's SKILLSETS team to bring graduate student peer instruction and coaching to an innovative suite of learning experiences improving the science presentation skills of Macdonald Campus students.

For more information about workshops or other events, please contact lister.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca.

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Congratulations to all the competitors and award winners of the 2021 Lister Family Engaged Science 3-Minute Thesis Competitors!

On Wednesday November 24th, 2021 @ 4pm, 7 passionate and determined Macdonald Campus graduate students presented their thesis in 3 minutes. With only one non-animated slide for visual support, each competitor took the audience through the complex steps of their research and the impact their work will have. Over 55 people attended the event and engaged in an incredible, in-depth Q&A session with the competitors, while our astute panel of judges took on the challenging task of identifying the most outstanding presentations among the 7 memorable presentations that were given that afternoon.

Engaging presentations were given by Zhixuan Feng, PhD candidate in Animal Science, Felicity Meyer, MSc student in Bioresource Engineering and Wut Hmone Phue, PhD candidate in Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry.

People's Choice winner Kaidi Wang, PhD candidate (Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry - Dr. Xiaonan Lu) - Find the pathogens sleeping in foods

3rd place winner Asmaa Housni, MSc student (School of Human Nutrition - Dr. Anne-Sophie Brazeau) - Behavioural change technology: Navigating diabetes one click at a time
Supervisor: Dr. Anne-Sophie Brazeau 

2nd place winner Hiba Kamel, PhD candidate (Plant Science - Dr. Anja Geitmann) - Stuck in a traffic jam? A look at the organization of subcellular membrane trafficking for pollen tip growth

1rst place winner François Girouard, MSc student (Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry - Dr. Jennifer Ronholm) - Insect to preserve food products

Our sincerest thanks to our esteemed judges: Dr. Micheline Ayoub Director of Partnerships at Agriculture, My Intelligent Machines, Dr. Ian Strachan Associate Dean (Graduate Education) Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and Mrs. Ana Madrigal PhD candidate at the Institute of Parasitology.


Workshops

A variety of workshops are hosted by the OSAS team throughout the year, and others can be scheduled ingrid.chiraz [at] mcgill.ca (upon request).

Online vs In-Person: Quick Tips about Differences Workshop

Online vs In-person Quick Tips logoThis Quick Tips workshops is a 45-minute Zoom session designed to help people optimize their presentation strategies for in-person vs online events. The workshop will detail differences in two areas: how to present to a room vs a screen and how to develop visuals for in-person vs online, and other helpful tips that can increase your impact!

An additional 15-minute open Q&A at the end allows participants to ask questions to Presentation Skills Director: Dr. Andrew Churchill who will lead all 4 sessions. 

The workshops are hosted live on Zoom. Advanced registration is required.

Winter 2021 semester:

  • Tuesday January 11 @ 4:00pm
  • Thursday January 13 @ 11:30am

McGill University Co-Curricular Record Approved logo

As a McGill student, your participation in this workshop will be automatically recognized on your co-curricular record (CCR)! Having your co-curricular activities listed in one document can help you revise your CV or cover letter, prepare for interviews, and explore career options. To learn more, please visit McGill myInvolvement.

Effective Presenting 101 Series

Effective Presenting 101 Series logoThe Effective Presenting 101 Series takes you through each of the basic steps needed to present effectively: honing content and creating trajectory, designing effective visuals, and developing a dynamic presence. Together these skills combine to increase the comprehension, credibility and connection needed to maximize your impact when presenting.

The first workshop, Content Development, helps you understand how a framework to interrogate audience and purpose can help refine content so that is accessible, interesting, and strategic. Additionally, you will learn detailed hook strategies and sequencing strategies for everything from a 3-minute to a 1-hour long presentation.

The second workshop, Effective Visuals, explores how to use PowerPoint and other technology to effectively supplement your talk, without interfering with people’s experience of listening to you. Sample slides for everything from methodology overviews, to results, to effective hooks will be shared to give you ideas about how to effectively develop visuals for your next presentation.

The third workshop, Delivery Strategies, focuses on understanding how to develop a dynamic presence using body language and voice. You will learn to appear confident and credible to your audience, while increasing engagement and clarity.

These 45-minute workshops can be taken independently or as a series, depending on your needs and presentation goals. There will be an additional 15-minute Q&A at the end of the workshop for people to ask their questions. 

The workshops are hosted live on Zoom. Advanced registration is required.

Winter 2021 semester:

Content Development

  • Tuesday January 18 @ 4:00pm
  • Thursday January 20 @ 11:30am

Effective Visuals

  • Tuesday January 25 @ 4:00pm
  • Thursday January 27 @ 11:30am

Delivery Strategies

  • Tuesday February 1 @ 4:00pm
  • Thursday February 3 @ 11:30am

McGill University Co-Curricular Record Approved logoAs a McGill student, your participation in this workshop will be automatically recognized on your co-curricular record (CCR)! Having your co-curricular activities listed in one document can help you revise your CV or cover letter, prepare for interviews, and explore career options. To learn more, please visit McGill myInvolvement.

In-Class Workshops

In-class Workshops logoHost a science communication workshop in your classroom! We offer workshops specially designed for your course and the needs of your students. Whether it is to prepare your students for a specific assignment or help them become better science communicators, we can help! For more information about in-class workshops, please email us at lister.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca.

"The students really appreciated the session and I noticed them using some of the techniques in their final presentations. I would be happy to have it in my course again next year.” - Dr. Maureen Rose, Department of Human Nutrition

Pitch Training

Pitch Training logoPitch Training begins with a focus on developing the effective content needed in emerging competitive arenas such as the 3-Minute Thesis Competition, grant funding, entrepreneurship, and business development competitions. Typically, a three or four session sequence is ideal.

For more information on how to schedule a pitch training session, please email us at lister.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca.

Coaching

Coaching logoCoaching is done in groups of four or fewer and focuses on the final stages of presentation preparation and involves targeted specific feedback for each individual.

For more information on how to schedule a coaching session, please email us at lister.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca.

Conference Prep

Conference Preparation logoPresenting at a conference sometime next spring? It’s not too early to start preparing! The Lister Engaged Science Initiative will be sponsoring a series of group workshops and coaching sessions with our trained team to help you prepare. For more information on how to schedule a session, please email us at lister.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca.

Event Preparation logoEvent Preparation

Event preparation is customized to the needs of the event organizer(s) with a focus on helping speakers understand the audience and purpose of the event and then translating that information to participants in a manner that helps them succeed in achieving these goals.

For more information, please email us at lister.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca

Annual Events

USRA Poster Presentations - Fall 2021

USRA poster presentations logoThe original LFESI event, the USRA Poster Presentations has been running since 2017. The event features 25 summer research interns displaying the results of their three-month long work with a Mac campus professor. During the summer before this capstone event, there is a series of workshops designed to help the interns understand how to effectively develop and present a scientific research poster.

Congratulations to all of the Undergraduate Students and to the winners of the 2020 USRA Poster Presentations:

  • 1rst place: Rowena Groeneveld  for Modelling of a ligand gated ion channel from Caenorhabditis elegans experimentally shown to bind dopamine. Supervised by Robin Beech, Parasitology.
  • 2nd place: Jonathan Sangiovanni for Transcriptomic Profile of BaP in Japanese Quail and double-creted Cormorant. Supervised by Jessica Head, Natural Resource Sciences.
  • 3rd place: Alexandra Kerasias for Gut microbial biotransformation and first pass metabolism of anthocyanins from purple potato digests:  A metabolomic approach to indentify bioavailable microbial anthocyanin metabolites. Supervised by Stan Kubow, School of Human Nutrition.
  • 4th place: Catherine Bergeron for Differentiation of Garlic cultivars Growing in Quebec Using Phenotypic and Genotypic Traits. Supervised by J.B. Charron, Plant Science.

Lister Family Engaged Science 3-Minute Thesis Competition - Fall 2021

Lister Family Engaged Science 3-Minute Thesis logoSince 2017, the LFESI and SKILLSETS have combined efforts to support the Lister Family Engaged Science 3-Minute Thesis Competition. This event, along with its pre-training program, is focused on helping graduate students learn how to communicate their science in a compelling, accessible manner to a general audience.

A series of 1-hour workshops and coaching sessions will be offered to competitors throughout October and November. The purpose of these workshops is to help competitors develop their talks working alongside each other with professional coaching from the Lister Presentation Training Director and past successful competitors. In addition to the workshops, individual practice sessions will be scheduled in the two weeks prior to the event.

Register now for the first workshop!

Workshop #1Initial Content Development & Registration for the 2021 Competition   

  • October 15 @ 12:00pm 
  • October 18 @ 4:00pm
  • October 19 @ 12:00pm
  • *NEW: October 22 @ 12:00pm

Workshop #2: Slide Development  

  • October 26 @ 12:00pm 
  • October 27 @ 4:00pm

Workshop #3Presenting and Delivery  

  • November 2 @ 12:00pm 
  • November 3 @ 4:00pm  

McGill University Co-Curricular Record Approved logoAs a McGill student, your participation in this event will be automatically recognized on your co-curricular record (CCR)! Having your co-curricular activities listed in one document can help you revise your CV or cover letter, prepare for interviews, and explore career options. To learn more, please visit McGill myInvolvement.

NEW! John Abbott Sustainability Through Science Symposium - Fall 2022

Sustainability Through Science Symposium logoHeld in partnership with the John Abbott College Science Department,The Sustainability Through Science Symposium features Macdonald Campus graduate students giving an engaging 12-15 minute talk about how their research contributes to our understanding of how to create a more sustainable future.

The talks will be followed by a panel discussion with the presenters and end with a Q&A period.

UPCOMING EVENT:
More details will be available shortly.


McGill University Co-Curricular Record Approved logoAs a McGill student, your participation in this event will be automatically recognized on your co-curricular record (CCR)! Having your co-curricular activities listed in one document can help you revise your CV or cover letter, prepare for interviews, and explore career options. To learn more, please visit McGill myInvolvement.

Lister Science Chats - Spring 2022

Lister Science Chats logoIn collaboration with Let's Talk Science at McGill University and the Lister Family Engaged Science Initiative, the Lister Science Chats connect members of the community through live science talks with researchers from the McGill Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. These chats feature Macdonald Campus graduate students giving an engaging 10-minute talk on their research and conclude with a Q&A period.  

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Nutrition and Human Health - April 28 @ 10:00AM
  • Environmental Innovations - May 6 @ 10:00AM

 

An article on the April 2020 series has been published in the Focus on Macdonald May 2020 Issue: "Macdonald Campus Graduate Students Transcend the Boundaries of Social Distancing Through the Lister Science Chats!"


McGill University Co-Curricular Record Approved logoAs a McGill student, your participation in this event will be automatically recognized on your co-curricular record (CCR)! Having your co-curricular activities listed in one document can help you revise your CV or cover letter, prepare for interviews, and explore career options. To learn more, please visit McGill myInvolvement.

 

 

Past Events

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For a complete list of past events provided by the Lister Family Engaged Science Initiative, please click here.

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