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Cheer on the Undergraduate Science 3MT competitors!

August 10, 2020 — 

Over forty undergraduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Science are participating in the first (virtual) Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Science Undergraduate Student Competition, August 11th, & 12th, 2020. A new initiative, part of the Faculty of Science, Student Undergraduate Summer Research Experience Program.

Three Minute Thesis challenges students to communicate their ideas and research discoveries concisely to a non-specialist audience, in three minutes or less. There will be two competitions that will air live on the Faculty of Science YouTube channel.

Tune in, and cheer on our undergraduate students. Come and discover world-changing research happening at the UM Faculty of Science!

Listing of undergraduate student 3MT competitors and topics:


Life Sciences 3MT Competition
Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 1:00 pm


“Zika Virus and Electrochemical Biosensors”
Aishat Bello
Supervisor: Dr. Sabine Kuss, Department of Chemistry

“Friend or Foe: Humpback and Killer whale communication”
Amy Irvine
Supervisor: Dr. Gail Davoren, Department of Biological Sciences

“Electrochemical sensing of Tropical Diseases”
Benjamin Ulmer
Supervisor: Dr. Sabine Kuss, Department of Chemistry

“Uncovering the Mechanisms of Lung Remodeling in Asthma”
Courtney Marshall
Supervisor: Dr. Neeloffer Mookherjee, Department of Biological Sciences

“Diagnostics on the go: Advanced molecular methods for pathogen detection”
Flyn Gallardo
Supervisor: Silvia Cardona, Department of Microbiology

“Electrochemical Approaches to Study Drug Resistance in Ovarian Cancer”
Huy Luu
Supervisor: Dr. Sabine Kuss, Department of Chemistry

“Exploring variation in fruiting success of an endangered orchid species”
Jacalyn Grey
Supervisor: Dr. Anne Worley, Department of Biological Sciences

“Moving and missing genes”
Jason Russell Agasid
Supervisor: Dr. Georg Hausner, Department of Microbiology

“Can we use current to treat orthostatic hypotension after spinal cord injury?”
Juanita Garcia
Supervisor: Dr. Kristine Cowley, Department of Physiology

“It’s a Trap!: How boldness relates to fitness in a docile ground squirrel species”
Justin Benjamin
Supervisor: Dr. Jane Waterman, Department of Biological Sciences

“Why Some Bacteria Kill and Others Don’t: Salmonella and T6SS”
Karsen Winters
Supervisor: Dr. Gerd Prehna, Department of Microbiology

“Characterization of Type Six Secretion System Chaperone Proteins”
Kartik Sachar
Supervisor: Dr. Gerd Prehna, Department of Microbiology

“Brain Imaging-Based Biomarker for Alzheimer’s Disease”
Kyra Cebula
Supervisor: Dr. Ji Hyun Ko, Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science

“Computing A Cure”
Matthew Kirby
Supervisor: Dr. Jörg Stetefeld, Department of Chemistry

“Are Transporters of Polyamides mitochondrial drug efflux pumps in Saccharomyces cerevisiae?”
Michael Adeyemi
Supervisor: Dr. Deb Court, Department of Microbiology

“Reviewing Drug Therapies Against SARS-CoV-2”
Nicole Taylor
Supervisor: Dr. Brian Mark, Department of Microbiology

“Effective biofuel production via Consolidated bioprocessing”
Paul Sogeke
Supervisor: Dr. Richard Sparling, Department of Microbiology

“Breakthroughs in the Race to Develop a SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine”
Raquel Russell
Supervisor: Dr. Brian Mark, Department of Microbiology

TBD
Raveen Sidhu
Supervisor: Dr. Kevin Fraser, Department of Biological Sciences

“Hepatozoon parasites in African ground squirrels: are sex-biases present and does it matter?”
Stephanie Kehler
Supervisor: Dr. Jane Waterman, Department of Biological Sciences

“Quantifying How Pathogenic Fungi Survive and Thrive”
Yana Syvolos
Supervisor: Dr. Aleeza Gerstein, Departments of Microbiology and Statistics


Physical, Computational and Data Sciences 3MT Competition
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 1:00 PM


“Effectiveness of boron as a probe of nuclear waste glass alteration in aqueous environments”
Aiden Farrant
Supervisor: Dr. Scott Kroeker, Department of Chemistry

“The Prevalence of Gaseous Outflows in Distant Galaxies”
Alan Nguyen
Supervisor: Chris O’Dea, Department of Physics and Astronomy

“Green Chemistry: From an Academic Research Perspective”
Amelia Kacperkiewicz
Supervisor: Dr. David Herbert, Department of Chemistry

“Compositional Control over Properties in Bioactive Glasses”
Angela Lu
Supervisor: Dr. Scott Kroeker, Department of Chemistry

“Designing an Iron catalyst for carbon dioxide reduction”
Baldeep Sidhu
Supervisor: Dr. David Herbert, Department of Chemistry

“The most powerful accelerators in the universe; Can W50 guide us to the Galactic PeVatron?”
Brydyn Mac Intyre
Supervisor: Dr. Samar Safi-Harb, Department of Physics and Astronomy

“Predicting Glass Hydrolysis from First Principles: Applications from Bioactive to Nuclear-Waste Glasses”
Clara Zwanziger
Supervisor: Dr. Scott Kroeker, Department of Chemistry

“Data Analysis of Bitcoin Transactions – A step towards global currency”
Dean Pistorius
Supervisor: Dr. Ruppa Thulasiram, Department of Computer Science

“Learn Everything, Know Nothing: The Medical Applications of Privacy-Preserving AI”
Delica Leboe-McGowan
Supervisor:  Dr. Noman Mohammed, Department of Computer Science

“Investigating the molecular fingerprints of molecules using microwave spectroscopy”
Gabrielle Daudet
Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer van Wijngaarden, Department of Chemistry

“Design and Development of a Portable Breast Microwave Imaging Device”
Gabrielle Fontaine
Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Pistorius, Department of Physics and Astronomy

“Determining the Structure of a Platinum Compound Using X-Ray Crystallography”
Guneet Uppal
Supervisor: Dr. David Herbert, Department of Chemistry

“Exploring the Radio Sky with VLASS Data”
Isabel Sander
Supervisor: Dr. Chris O’Dea, Department Physics and Astronomy

“Coupling of circuits”
Jaehyeong Yang
Supervisor: Dr. Can Ming Hu, Department Physics and Astronomy

“A Universal Question – of an Astronomical Scope”
John Jiwa
Supervisor: Dr. Chris O’Dea, Department of Physics and Astronomy

“Using AI to Suppress the Skin Response in Breast Microwave Imaging”
Jordan Krenkevich
Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Pistorius, Department of Physics and Astronomy

“What electrochemistry can offer?”
Karishma Bulleeraz
Supervisor: Dr. Sabine Kuss, Department of Chemistry

“The unconventional utilization of NMR spectroscopy to investigate paramagnetic metal organic frameworks”
Katrina Bergmann
Supervisor: Dr. Scott Kroeker, Department of Chemistry

“Design of Difluoroboron complexes for emissive materials”
Robert Ortiz
Supervisor: Dr. David Herbert, Department of Chemistry

“Assessing the effects of asymptomaticity and testing on COVID-19 dynamics”
Tasnim Rahman
Supervisor: Dr. Stephanie Portet, Department of Mathematics

“8.7 seconds – trivial to us, profound for neutrons”
Trang Thi Thu Bui
Supervisor: Dr. Wouter Deconinck, Department of Physics and Astronomy

“How to handle missing data”
Wanmeng Wan
Supervisor: Max Turgeon, Departments of Statistics and Computer Science

“Sampling methods for networks”
Xiaoqi Xie
Supervisor: Dr. Brad Johnson, Department of Statistics


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

 

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