2020 UBC 3MT Final Results

On March 12 at 12:30 PM at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, eight talented UBC graduate students presented their research in three minutes each, competing for the top prize in this year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. After long and thoughtful deliberation, our panel of guest judges declared the winners:

First Place: Dennis Riley Louie, PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, A Little ExStRA, Dr. Janice Eng

Runner Up: Laura Stankiewicz, PhD in BioMedical Engineering, Mapping T-cell Development in the Human Thymus, Drs. Peter Zandstra and Fabio Rossi

Honourable Mention: Jack Bacon, PhD in Genome Science and Technology, Searching for Tumour DNA in Human Blood: Applications in Kidney Cancer, Dr. Alexander Wyatt

People’s Choice: Shannon Lim, MPTPhD Rehabilitation Sciences, Brain Activation during Simple and Complex Walking Post-Stroke, Dr. Janice J Eng

Dennis Riley Louie will go on to represent UBC at the 2020 Western Canadian Final at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, AB, in the fall. Our top finalists will also present at a number of events around the region over the next few months.

Our remaining finalists were (in alphabetical order):

Michelle Chakraborti, PhD in Experimental Medicine, Support Matters: Let’s Talk About Peer Support for Families of Children with Autism, Dr. Jean-Paul Collet

Daniel He, PhD in Experimental Medicine, Using Netflix to Diagnose Lung Diseases, Drs. Scott Tebbutt and Chris Ryerson

Conan Omori, MASc in Mechanical Engineering, Finding Knots in Logs with X-ray Vision, Dr. Gary Schajer

Katlyn Richardson, PhD in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Granzyme K: A Promising Target in the Treatment of Psoriasis, Dr. David Granville

Thank you to our participants, judges, hosts and organizers

3MT depends on volunteer organizers, hosts, judges, presenters, and volunteers from many UBC faculties, departments and units. This year, nearly 70 students took part in preliminary 3MT heats organized by various faculties and departments. Twenty-one graduate students progressed to the semi-final competitions, and eight moved on to the finals. Thank you to everyone who presented, judged, organized or volunteered at a 3MT event. 3MT would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of so many volunteers.

The judging panel at our final event has the hardest job of all. The 2020 final judging panel was:

  1. Michelle Blackwell, MA
    Communications and Marketing Manager, UBC Library
  2. Ismail Laher, PhD
    Professor, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  3. Anne Murphy, PhD
    Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Professor, Asian Studies
  4. Theresa Rogers, PhD
    Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Professor, Language and Literacy Education

Our final was hosted by Kathryn Gretsinger, a UBC alumna, senior instructor and journalist.

Thank you to our sponsors

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

2020 Platinum Sponsors ($1,000 +)

UBC Provost & VP Academic

UBC VP Research & Innovation

2020 Gold Sponsors ($500 – $999)

If you are interested in supporting our 2021 3MT events, please contact Jacqui Brinkman at jacqui.brinkman@ubc.ca to discuss the options.