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Virtual 3MT competition in 2020.

Finalists will compete in the 3MT virtual event on April 21.

2021 3MT finalists announced

March 10, 2021 — 

The results are in: After three competitive heats, the 12 finalists for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition have been chosen.

Representing a broad range of research at UM, the 3MT online heats featured 40 challengers from 32 different departments who each explained their complex research to three judges and a virtual audience in just three minutes.

“All of the challengers should be proud of the presentations they gave during the heats and their ability to communicate their research and engage the virtual audience,” says Kelley Main, acting Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

On April 21, the finalists – both master’s and doctoral students – will compete for the Dr. Archie McNicol Prize for First Place ($2,500), the UM Retirees Association Prize for Second Place ($1,250) and Third Place ($750). The online audience will vote for the People’s Choice award (UM Bookstore gift certificate). The winner of this round will advance to the Western Canada regional online competition on May 13 and have the chance to be featured in a non-competitive showcase of 3MT videos from graduate students across Canada.

3MT is an annual competition where challengers have just three minutes to present their research and its importance in plain language, using only a single slide to illustrate their topic. The competitors are judged on comprehension, engagement, ease of communication all while providing an understanding of the background and significance of their research.

Everyone is invited to attend the online event and cheer on the finalists.

Wednesday, April 21
Viewing details will be posted on

2021 Finalists

Cameron Eekhoudt
Dept: Physiology and Pathophysiology
Supervisor: Dr. Davinder Jassal
Thesis Title: Flaxseed in the prevention of anthracycline and trastuzumab-mediated cardiotoxicity

Sristi Mundhada
Dept: Biosystems Engineering
Supervisors: Drs. Jitendra Paliwal and Chyngyz Erkinbaev
Thesis Title: Safe storage for flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum)

Chris Voth
Dept: Kinesiology and Recreation Management
Supervisor: Dr. Kyoung June Yi
Thesis Title: Shining a light on the unseen athletes

Veronica Coppolaro
Dept: Geography
Supervisor: Drs. David Barber and Marianne Marcoux
Thesis Title: Passive acoustic monitoring of marine mammals in the Canadian Arctic: implications of a changing Arctic for their populations and habitat use

Odile Huynh
Dept: Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Supervisor: Dr. Sachin Katyal
Thesis Title: Cannabis: A potential therapy for breast cancer

Sonu Varghese
Dept: Physiology and Pathophysiology
Supervisor: Dr. Davinder Jassal
Thesis Title: EXercise to prevent AnthraCycline-based Cardio-Toxicity (EXACT 2.0) in women with breast cancer

Noushin Ahmadpour
Dept: Pharmacy
Supervisor: Dr. Jillian Stobart
Thesis Title: Astroglial NMDA receptor signalling and modulation of cortical neuron activity

Nolan De Leon
Dept: Physiology and Pathophysiology
Supervisor: Dr. Richard Keijzer
Thesis Title: Assessment of circular ribonucleic acid expression profiles in biofluids for the prognosis and diagnosis of congenital anomalies

Vimala Bharathi S K
Dept: Biosystems Engineering
Supervisor: Dr. Digvir S. Jayas
Thesis Title: Estimation of three-dimensional diffusion of rusty grain beetle stored in wheat grain and its validation using the full-size bin experiment

Danah Alhattab
Dept: Physiology and Pathophysiology
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Czubryt
Thesis Title: Role of scleraxis in perivascular fibrosis

Kwene Appah
Dept: Sociology and Criminology
Supervisor: Dr. Lori Wilkinson
Thesis Title: Nationalism and integration policy: a comparative cross-national examination

Jhannelle Francis
Dept: Microbiology
Supervisor: Dr. Miguel I Uyaguari-Diaz
Thesis Title: Virome distribution in aquatic ecosystems impacted by anthropogenic activities within urban areas of Manitoba.

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