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U of M President David Barnard with Rachel Nickel, winner of the 2017 3MT competition.

U of M President David Barnard with Rachel Nickel, winner of the 2017 3MT competition.

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February 13, 2018 — 

And they’re off! The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) challengers have been chosen and will be facing off in three competitive heats on Feb. 26, 27 and 28.

Representing disciplines from across the university – including agribusiness, the health sciences, peace and conflict studies, architecture and more – 36 master’s and doctoral students are preparing to explain their research in a way that appeals to a non-specialist audience.

The Three Minute Thesis is a highly anticipated annual competition at the U of M. Challengers have three minutes to explain their research and its importance or relevance using only a single static image or slide to illustrate what they are talking about.

A panel of judges assesses the presenters on comprehension, engagement and communication style. Three finalists from each heat are chosen to advance to the finals, which are being held on March 21. The winner from the final competition advances to regionals and competes for the opportunity to represent the U of M at the national competition.

“The Three Minute Thesis competition is a fun and exciting way of showcasing the outstanding research being done by our graduate students,” says Todd Mondor, vice-provost (graduate education) and dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. “It’s an opportunity for our students to share their research ideas and discoveries with the entire University and local communities.”

Everyone is invited to watch the challengers compete in the heats. If you know a student who is competing or just want to learn more about the type of research U of M graduate students are doing, come on out to 3MT.

Competitors and Schedule

Heat 1 – Feb. 26, 12:45 – 2:30 p.m.
EITC – E3-270, Fort Garry campus

  • Ifeoluwa Idowu – Chemistry
  • Shervin Khalili Ghomi – Civil Engineering
  • Jaime Clark – Food & Human Nutritional Sciences
  • Kyla Smith – Physics & Astronomy
  • Avery Simundsson – Biosystems Engineering
  • Emmanuel Olarewaju – Biological Sciences
  • Nick Wytinck – Biological Sciences
  • Brad Cownden – Physics & Astronomy
  • Wayne Franz – Computer Science
  • Amber Hiebert – Biological Sciences
  • Adam Franczyk – Food & Human Nutritional Sciences
  • Megan Bourns – Soil Science

 

Heat 2 – Feb. 27, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
Theatre A – Basic Medical Sciences, Bannatyne campus

  • Thomas Mahood – Physiology & Pathophysiology
  • Yang Xin Zi Cindy – Physiology & Pathophysiology
  • Stephanie Lim – Surgery
  • Albert Yeung – Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Darrien Morton – Community Health Sciences
  • Amani Hamad – Pharmacy
  • Sandhini Lockman – Biochemistry & Medical Genetics
  • Nivedita Seshadri – Physiology & Pathophysiology
  • Ashleigh Hansen – Biochemistry & Medical Genetics
  • Carmine Slipski – Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
  • Ruth Mwatelah – Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
  • Mohammad Reza Kazemian – Biomedical Engineering
  • Sarah Rigby – Psychology

 

Heat 3 – Feb. 28, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
EITC – E3 – 270, Fort Garry campus

  • Simrit Deol – Kinesiology & Recreation Management
  • Lila Tringa – Peace & Conflict Studies
  • Christine Stochl – Interior Design
  • Adam Nepon – Asper School of Business
  • Qiuyi Zhang – Architecture
  • Matthew Cook – Psychology
  • Tiffany Hall – Sociology & Criminology
  • Michael Wilton – Agribusiness
  • Jill Bueddefeld – Geography
  • Kevin Boreskie – Kinesiology & Recreation Management
  • Hana Abbas – Psychology

 

Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.

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