Finalists for 3MT competition selected

February 14th, 2014 · No Comments · Alumni, News Release, Outreach, Peers, Research, Students, graduate studies

Nine finalists have made it through the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition heats that took place on February 6, 11 and 13, 2014. They will move on to compete in the Final Competition which is being held on Tuesday, February 25, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Robert B. Schulz Lecture Theatre (St. John’s College, 92 Dysart Road, Fort Garry Campus). Doors open at 6:30 pm.

The public and the University of Manitoba community are invited to cheer on our innovative graduate students as they compete for the First Place ($5,000), Second Place ($2,000) and People’s Choice ($1,000) awards. Each competitor will have three minutes, using only a single slide as an illustration, to clearly explain the nature, goals and significance of his or her research.

Challenging? You bet it is. It takes years for a thesis to be researched and finalized–never mind synthesizing it down to a mere three minutes to get the information across to a lay audience.

The challengers competing in the final are:

Corrie Allan
Interior Design (Master’s)
Exercising the Right to be Trans: Redesigning the North American Fitness Club to Reflect Non-Binary Bodies and Identities

Stephanie Caligiuri
Physiology (Doctoral)
A New Therapy to Combat the Number 1 Global Silent Killer

Andrea Edel
Physiology (Doctoral)
Flaxseed: A Modern Prescription for High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

Emma Hauch
Physiology (Master’s)
Extracellular Matrix Reloaded

Havva Filiz Koksel
Food Science (Doctoral)
The Perfect Loaf of Bread: Insights from X-rays, Sound Waves and Bubble Dynamics

Michael Minor
English, Film, and Theatre (Doctoral)
Decolonizing Through Indigenous Poetry

Olivia Sylvester
Natural Resources Institute (Doctoral)
Protecting Rainforest Biodiversity at Odds with Rights to Food for Indigenous People

Chris Wiebe
Immunology (Master’s)
Finding a Better Match in Kidney Transplantation

Markus Zeismann
Community Health Sciences (Master’s)
Training for the Trauma Bay: Is “Done Enough” Still Good Enough?

The emcee for the Final Competition will be Paul Samyn, editor, Winnipeg Free Press. Judges will be: Richard Cloutier, news director, CJOB; The Honourable Theresa Oswald, Minister of Jobs and the Economy; and Patricia Bovey, chair, University of Manitoba Board of Governors.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition originally developed by The University of Queensland. 3MT® challenges graduate students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

The winner of the 3MT Final Competition here at the University of Manitoba will advance to the western regional competition in May.

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For more information, contact:
Jay Doering, vice-provost (graduate education) and dean (Faculty of Graduate Studies),, or phone 204-474-9887

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