With the click of a mouse you can help Linda

Thursday, May 01, 2014   by: Kate Adams

Nipissing University
News Release


Nipissing University student Linda Coffey is in the running for a major award, and you can help with the click of a mouse.

Coffey is a finalist for the People’s Choice Award in the Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT), recently held at McMaster University. 

Check out her video clip, here, and cast your vote to help Coffey earn the victory, the $250 prize and the prestige of being the People Choice Award winner for 3MT 2014.  Online voting will close on May 7 at 4 p.m.

A Master of History student, Coffey took home first place in the local Nipissing University 3MT competition and tied for the People’s Choice Award for her work, titled Radio, Resistance, and Re-presenting History. 

She advanced to the provincial finals, and is now up for the People’s Choice Award. 

Here’s a brief summary of Coffey’s work:

My research will examine CBC radio’s first national indigenous current affairs program, “Our Native Land.”

The program was hosted and produced by an all-Aboriginal team and existed alongside emerging indigenous political movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

“Our Native Land” featured indigenous news, entertainment, culture, politics, and history.

My project will examine and analyze excerpts and episodes of “Our Native Land” from 1965-1975 and will demonstrate how the program subverted persistent racial stereotypes, resisted oppressive government policies, and re-presented the history of indigenous peoples previously presented from the perspective of a dominant white settler narrative.

Completely ignored by historians, my study of CBC’s “Our Native Land” will open up new possibilities for research in the area of indigenous media and activism.   

3MT® is a university wide competition for Masters and Doctoral students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges.

3MT® competition was initially developed by The University of Queensland in 2008 to promote effective communication of research. 

The success of the first Queensland competition prompted other Australian and New Zealand universities to run their own competitions, culminating in the first Trans Tasman competition held in 2010. 3MT® has spread internationally.

The challenge is to present complex research material in an engaging, compelling way, using only one slide. The three minute thesis competition provides graduate students with an opportunity to refine skills that can be transferred after graduation to diverse career paths. 

Distilling research into a clear form, without over-simplifying or making overly-complex, and highlighting the wider implications of this research are important skills to carry into post-graduate employment and public service.

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