Meet the 3MT finalists

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that assists current graduate students with fostering effective presentation and communication skills. Participants have just three minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research project to a non-specialist audience.

After multiple specialized departmental and open heats, 28 graduate students advanced to the Semi-Final events on March 8 and 9. Only ten will now advance to the final event:

  • Simone Hagey, MSc in Astronomy, The Death Spiral of Hot Jupiters, Dr. Aaron Boley
  • Mopelola Akinlaja, PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, A peek into the honey bee gut: Understanding Nosema infection in honey bees, Prof. Leonard Foster
  • Amanda Cheung, PhD in Neuroscience, Monitoring oxygen levels in the injured spinal cord, Dr. Brian Kwon & Dr. Babak Shadgan
  • Icíar Fernández Boyano, PhD in Genome Science and Technology, Making sense of preeclampsia where it begins: in the placenta, Dr. Wendy Robinson
  • Nicolas Pereyra, MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Modified Platelet Storage Devices to Improve Quality During Storage,  Dr. Dana Devine
  • Nisha Marshall, MSc in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, Evaluating Female Sexual Pain, Dr. Paul Yong & Dr. Caroline Pukall
  • Miguel Prieto, MSc in Experimental Medicine, Nontuberculous mycobacteria in people living with cystic fibrosis, Dr. Bradley Quon
  • Emilie Carpentier, PhD in Physics, Liver Cancer? No need to hold your breath for a cure!, Dr. Tony Mestrovic
  • Zahra Pakzad, PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, How Breast Milk Influences the Infant Gut Microbiome, Dr. Deborah Money
  • Vivian Zhang, MASc in Biomedical Engineering, Engineering the Stem Cell Battle Arena, Dr. Nika Shakiba

The finalists will compete for prizes, and the chance to represent UBC at the Western Regional 3MT competition.

The 3MT Final event is March 30, from 12 to 2 p.m.

Register to attend the event now.