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Meet the 3MT® 2018 Finalists


 

Heat 1 - Finalists (in no particular order)
Kyla Smith
Kyla Smith

Three Minutes Thesis:
Reducing Patient Stress: A Silent MRI Machine

Kyla completed a B.Sc. with double majors of physics and English, and then a B.Ed. in secondary education with a specialization in classroom diversity, both at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. A former high school physics teacher, she is on the board of the Canadian Association of Physicists Foundation and coordinates the Science Rendezvous School Day at the U of M.

Megan Bourns
Megan Bourns

Three Minutes Thesis:
Getting a lot more out of the land

Although Megan grew up in the city, she comes from a farm background, where she had opportunities to experience agricultural production. She hopes to have a career in agricultural research, focusing on sustainability and finding innovative ways to maximize agronomic productivity and optimize economic gain within the framework of responsible environmental stewardship.

Brad Cownden
Brad Cownden
Three Minutes Thesis:
What holograms, plasmas and black holes have in common

Brad says he has always been amazed with how - and why - the universe works the way it does. In addition examining string theory (a theory that tries to unite quantum mechanics and general relativity within a single framework), Brad has found time to help run coding camps with the Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre for inner-city youth. He aspires to be a physics professor.

 

Heat 2 - Finalists (in no particular order) 
Sandhini Lockman
Sandhini Lockman
Three Minutes Thesis:
Deciphering the dictionary of the mind and what happens when it is misread

Sandhini always had a passion for genetics and molecular biology and through a NSERC studentship she undertook a project working with human brain cell lines. She's involved with the Biomedical Youth Program, inspiring Inner City youth to pursue careers in science. She hopes to make a difference in the lives of individuals affected by mental disorders, and to give them hope.
Nivedita Seshadri
Nivedita Seshadri
Three Minutes Thesis:
Tick tock! The pancreatic "clock" controls insulin secretion capacities

Nivedita wants to work and find more answers in the field of chronobiology, an area of science she says is very underappreciated. She says most people associate chronobiology with only sleep disorders, but metabolic disorders such as obesity and Type 2 Diabetes are also consequences of disrupted sleep/wake and disrupted feeding cycle disorders. Nivedita is part of the DREAM (Diabetes Research Envisioned and Accomplished in Manitoba) trainee group at the U of M.
Yang Xin Zi (Cindy) Xu
Yang Xin Zi (Cindy) Xu
Three Minutes Thesis:
Understanding the biological differences between men and women

With two years of co-op experience at the Vancouver Prostate Centre and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Cindy reaffirmed her commitment to basic sciences research and developed an interest in endocrine and metabolic disorders. She tutors extensively and aspires to teach in her field. She also volunteers with Diabetes Canada in Winnipeg, assisting in local health fairs to educate the public, especially reaching out to our Indigenous population that has limited access to information.

 

Heat 3 - Finalists (in no particular order) 
Matthew Cook
Matthew Cook
Three Minutes Thesis:
Computational psychiatry: A psychologically-inspired technology

Matt recently travelled to New York City to study big data collection and analysis methods. His field is cognitive psychology because he wants to understand the processes that allow us to do the things that come so naturally: perceiving, remembering, using language and more. He wants to understand these processes and adapt them for machines, developing artificial intelligences that will use human cognition as their inspiration.
Jill Bueddefeld
Jill Bueddefeld
Three Minutes Thesis:
The 'bear' truth: Our world is changing

Jill grew up on a farm and always understood that we are connected and a part of nature. When she traveled the Amazon, she began researching how tourism can play a pivotal role in inspiring transformation and sustainability - a way to reimagine ourselves in the world around us. She enjoys teaching, so she can give students "everything you need to know to be an informed citizen of the earth."
Kevin Boreskie
Kevin Boreskie
Three Minutes Thesis:
Prescribing Olympic training: The effect of high-intensity interval training on blood pressure

Kevin really enjoys exercise and sport, and wants others to enjoy the same benefits he gets from participating in activities. He's a volunteer for ultimate Frisbee, and even manages a fitness centre in a school. He hopes to bring more transdisciplinary relationships into the field of medicine, allowing for exercise to used as a tool to prevent illness.

 

Wildcards (in no particular order) 
Shervin Khalili Ghomi
Shervin Khalili Ghomi
Three Minutes Thesis:
Designing buildings to withstand earthquakes

Shervin was born in Iran, a country that has experienced many severe earthquakes. During Shervin's lifetime, earthquakes in Iran have left thousands of people dead and thousands of homes destroyed. That inspired Shervin, as a structural engineer, to pursue graduate education at the U of M to design safer buildings in regions with high risk of earthquakes.
Mohammad Rez Kazemian
Mohammad Rez Kazemian
Three Minutes Thesis:
Antimicrobial coating will keep your food safe

Mohammad studied biochemical engineering at Tehran Polytechnic, where he was drawn to focus his research on foodborne illnesses and food contamination. He says: "Over 600,000 people get affected by foodborne illnesses each year. So, I decided to do something about it!"
Carmine Slipski
Carmine Slipski
Three Minutes Thesis:
Pumping up the fight against antimicrobial resistance

As a child, Carmine received a microscope for Christmas one year and found the microscopic world fascinating. About the same time, he saw the movie Outbreak, about a fictional Ebola virus outbreak. Equally terrified and interested by microorganisms, especially pathogenic ones, his desire is to develop new antimicrobial strategies and help prevent antimicrobial resistance in bacteria from becoming any worse than it already is.
Christine Stochl
Christine Stochl
Three Minutes Thesis:
Redefining retail: Designing an alternative experience-based retail model

Christine says she has always been passionate about improving the experience of the environments in which we live, work, and play, through design. She is the president of the Interior Design Association of Students, and acts as the student representative on the Professional Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba Council. After graduation, she wants to combine her love for business and interior design to work with commercial interiors as a licensed Professional Interior Designer.

Competition Final
March 21, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre at St. John's College

Out of the thirteen finalists, one will go on to the Western Regional Three Minute Thesis competition on April 27.