2021 UBC 3MT finalists announced

An 80,000-word thesis would take nine hours to present. Our graduate students only have three minutes. Join us on March 31, from 12:00-1:30 p.m., for the 2021 Three-Minute Thesis virtual final and hear from UBC’s top ten graduate students on their inspiring research.

From the discovery of novel antimicrobial fabrics that could help reduce the rate of infections in hospitals, to the exploration of new modes of active travel in Vancouver, like the human-electric hybrid vehicles that have become so popular in recent years, our ten finalists span Faculties and research fields.

Hear from Sarah Morris on how using advanced MRI to track myelin loss after spinal cord injury can help predict which patients will regain function and which will have a permanent disability, and learn how Tebogo Leepile’s research hopes to inform, and guide targeted and culturally- appropriate health and nutrition policiesfor the San People, in rural Botswana.

This year’s UBC 3MT final will be hosted virtually by Dr. Matthew Evenden, Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

Our judges are:

  • Ainsley Carry, MEd, MBA, EdD, Vice-President Students
  • Peter Simpson, PhD, Dean, College of Graduate Studies, UBC Okanagan
  • Saranaz Barforoush, PhD, Assistant Professor of Teaching, School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
  • Karine Souffez, MSc, Associate Director, Knowledge Exchange, Office of the VP Research & Innovation.

This event is open to all members of the public. Please RSVP to attend as an audience member.

Meet our 2021 UBC 3MT finalists

  1. Ben Dantzer, PhD in Human Development, Learning, and Culture,Closing the Mentorship Gap through Youth-Initiated Mentoring, Dr. Nancy Perry
  2. Taylor Wright, PhD in Chemistry,Discovery of Novel Antimicrobial Fabrics, Dr. Michael Wolf
  3. Nejat Hassen, MSc in Population and Public Health,Health-Related Quality of Life in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients, Dr. Diane Lacaille
  4. Justin Wyss, PhD inBiomedical Engineering, A Soft Flexible and Stretchable Pressure Sensor Array Designed for the Prevention of Pressure Ulcer Formation, Dr. John Madden & Dr. Babak Shadgan
  5. Tebogo Leepile, PhD in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems, MyData_MyVoice: Prevalence of Anemia among San Women and Young Children in Rural Botswana, Dr Eduardo Jovel & Dr Crystal Karakochuk
  6. Amir Hassanpour, PhD in Civil Engineering,New Modes of Active Travel in Metro Vancouver, Dr. Alex Bigazzi
  7. Jennifer Ferris, PhD in Rehabilitation Science,Peering into the aging brain, Dr. Lara Boyd
  8. Sarah Morris, PhD in Physics,Using advanced MRI to track myelin loss after spinal cord injury,  Cornelia Laule
  9. Andy An, MD/PhD in Microbiology and Immunology,Identifying Mechanisms of Persistent Immune Dysfunction in Sepsis Survivors,  Bob Hancock
  10. Meaghan Efford, PhD in Oceans and Fisheries,Archaeological investigations and Tsleil-Waututh Science: reconstructing pre-colonial ecosystems, Dr. Villy Christensen

We also thank and congratulate to all of our talented 2021 UBC 3MT semi-finals participants for sharing their research with us.  We’ll be sharing videos of all presenters after March 31.