Final Results: UBC 3MT 2016

Congratulations goes out to all of our Three Minute Thesis 2016 finalists, pictured below. The audience was awed by 10 amazingly polished and articulate 3-minute graduate student research presentations. In the end, once the judges’ had deliberated and the people had chosen their top presenter, the winners were:

First Place and People’s Choice:  Craig Jones, PhD in Geography, The War Lawyers (Dr. Derek Gregory)

Runner-up: Diana Canals, MSc in Medical Genetics, The role of podocalyxin in cancer metastasis (Dr. Kelly McNagny)


Left to right: First Place and People’s Choice Craig Jones with last year’s winner Zoe Wai-Man Lam 


3mt finalists

Back row, left to right: Diana Canals, Anne-Mareike Chu, Amin Nouri, Babak Adeli, and Craig Jones
Front row, left to right: Jingqian Chen, Kelsey Huus, M’Beth Schoenfeld, and Gil Henriques

Remaining finalists, in alphabetical order:
Babak Adeli, PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Toward Solar Hydrogen (Prof. Fariborz Taghipour)

Anne-Mareike Chu, MSc in Resource Management and Environmental Studies, Smart Buildings – Learning from the Energy Gap in Green Buildings (Dr. John Robinson)

Jingqian Chen, PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Paper Inside Out: Secret Ingredient for Better Paper Strength (Drs. Heather L. Trajano and Rodger P. Beatson)

Gil Henriques, PhD in Zoology, Effect of finite population sizes on public goods games (Dr. Michael Doebeli)

Kelsey Huus, PhD in Microbiology & Immunology, How gut bacteria contribute to malnutrition (Dr. B. Brett Finlay)

Rachel Jordan, MSc in Audiology, Auditory Evoked Potentials to Gaps in Infants  (Dr. Susan Small)

Amin Nouri, PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering, The Curious Case of Benjamin’s Bubble (Prof. David Wilkinson)

M’Beth Schoenfeld, MASc in Biomedical Engineering, Cervical Spine Injury in Vehicle Rollovers (Drs. Peter Cripton and Gunter Siegmund)

This year, for UBC’s sixth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, more than 100 UBC graduate student researchers put hours of work into practicing and honing their presentations to compete in faculty and department organized heats over 4 weeks of competition.

The opportunity for these graduate students to share their research continues beyond the 3MT final.   Five of our finalists are invited as to present during UBC’s Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference on March 31st.  The top 3 presenters will present with SFU’s top 3 on Friday, April 15th in an SFU/UBC Winners’ Showcase.  UBC’s first place finisher will advance to the Western regional competition on April 29th at UBC-Okanagan.  Top finishers from that competition will go on to contend for national honours in a virtual completion sponsored by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS).  Lastly, our finalist will also represent UBC in the Universitas 21 International 3MT competition this fall.

We’d like to extend a special thank-you to all the department and Faculty level heat organizers, our semi-finals host and judges as well as our final’s host Kathryn Gretsinger, Instructor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism.

Our finals judging panel is most deserving of a big thank-you – their task was surely the most difficult of all.

Judging Panel: Finals

Janice Eng, BSR (PT/OT), MSc, PhD
Associate Dean, Funding, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Professor, UBC Department of Physical Therapy

Melanie Kardel, PhD
Scientist, Pluripotent Stem Cell Group, StemCell Technologies

Meghan Aubé
UBC Writing Centre Program Leader


This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.