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Olivia Sylvester competes in last year's competition.

The 3MT challengers take the stage

February 5, 2015 — 

The first rounds of the 2015 Three-Minute Thesis competition begins on Feb. 10. Over the course of three days you can come out to hear and support our world-class graduate students synthesize years of research into an engaging three minutes, or less.

The final competition will be held on February 25, 2015, from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre at St. John’s College on the Fort Garry campus. All are welcome.

The top three winners from each heat will receive an iPad mini, while the prizes for the Final Competition are: $5,000 for First Place, $2,000 for Second Place and $1,000 for People’s Choice.

For more on 3MT, visit our website.


3MT logoThe Heats

Heat 1 is Feb. 10, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 172 Agriculture building, Fort Garry campus

Heat 2 is Feb. 11, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Theatre A of the Basic Medical Sciences building, Bannatyne campus

Heat 3 is Feb. 12, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in E2-270 Engineering complex, Fort Garry campus




Heat 1

Dawson Clary, PhD candidate
Something to crow about: do birds know what others know?

Dustin Scott Kehler, PhD candidate
Applied Health Sciences
Is exercise healthy for older adults before heart surgery? The exercise PREHAB study

Chris Cadonic, Master’s student
Biomedical Engineering
Where’s my Energy? Peeking into Alzheimer’s Disease Using Computer Simulations

Heather Giesbrecht, Master’s student
Human Nutritional Sciences
Prenatal Nutrition for the Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Research Tool Development Phase

Garret Munch, Master’s student
Biosystems Engineering
Putting Waste to Work: Producing biodiesel using yeast and industrial wastes

Leah Goertzen, Master’s student
Kinesiology and recreation management
Just Do it? Examining physical activity assumptions with newcomer mothers using a post-colonial feminist lens

Gail Ferguson, Master’s student
Natural Resources Institute
An Evaluation of Aboriginal, Government and Mining Industry Relationships and Policies Regarding Access to Land for Mineral Exploration and Mine Development in Manitoba

Diego Rodriguez Herrera, Master’s student
Physics and Astronomy
Using of radio waves for breast cancer detection


Heat 2

Rebecca (DeLong) Dielschneider, PhD candidate
Lysosomes as Targets in Leukemia

Christopher Aiken, PhD candidate
Using “cellular fingerprints” in the fight against pediatric brain cancer

Vanessa Palmer, Master’s student
Biomedical Engineering
Improving the outcome of MS using MR

Anastasiia Bykhovskaia, Master’s student
Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice
Power of Words: Invisible Walls

Robert Bertrand, PhD candidate
Exploring the treasure trove of lichen natural molecules

Nicholas Novelli, Master’s student
Beyond the Turing Test

Aibek  Samakov, Master’s student
Natural Resources Institute
Sacred sites: conservation of nature through mechanisms rooted in culture

Robin  Visser, Master’s student
Department of General Surgery
miRacles for Babies with Abnormal Lungs

Landon Wark, Master’s student
Human Anatomy and Cell Science
Analyzing Tumor Cells in the Blood of Prostate Cancer Patients

Halya  Petzold, Master’s student
Hydrologic dynamics of a large Prairie watershed: Looking for runoff controls on a near-level landscape

Ray Lavoie, PhD candidate
The Darkside of Technology


Heat 3


Steven Harms, Master’s student
Civil Engineering
Temporary Flood Protection: Developing New Ways to Protect our Communities

Melanie Baruch, Master’s student
The Business of Therapy: Examining the Process of Working in Private Practice

Kun Wang, PhD candidate
Food Science Department
Better Flavour for Healthy Foods: Improving Flavour in Reduced-Fat High Protein System

Eric Cuthbert, PhD candidate
How Structure Affects Outcome: Designing Catalysts for Controlled Polymer Properties

Gelareh Manghebati, Master’s student
Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice
The role of financial and social inequality in terrorist activities in Iranian Balochistan

Yanan Wang, PhD candidate
Human Nutritional Sciences
Eating barley to lower your cholesterol: There is more information you should know

Teresa Looy, Master’s student
Natural Resources Institute
The tomatoes taste better: Adult learning outcomes through participation in community gardening

Jon Ross, PhD candidate
Exploring the Nature of Craft Production and Specialisation of Early Bronze Age Ceramic Material at Tell es-Safi

Sheena Graham, Master’s student
Kinesiology and Recreation Management
Getting Stronger by Carrying Your Best Friend – Should You Think First?

Jennifer West, PhD candidate
Physics and Astronomy
Nature’s super-colliders: Supernova remnants and how they are connected to our Galaxy


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