For many researchers studying niche topics, communicating the concept and broader significance of their research can be a quite the challenge. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition enhances this challenge by putting a tight time limit on talks, and limiting graduate student speakers to one static slide and language appropriate for a non-specialist audience.
Lena Shulyakovskaya, a master’s student in educational research and the 2016 UCalgary Three Minute Thesis Winner, helped co-ordinate and run five Three Minute Thesis Heats in March 2017 and will be co-hosting the 2017 UCalgary Three Minute Thesis Finals on Wednesday, April 5.
Co-ordinated by My GradSkills in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the University of Calgary Three Minute Thesis Competition (UCalgary3MT) aims to help graduate students develop their communication skills and help the university community discover the vast range of research happening on campus.
“I am a big supporter of the 3MT and the transferable skills the competition helps to develop for all of the participants,” says Shulyakovskaya.
After five heats and nearly 60 graduate student speakers, 10 finalists have advanced to compete in the 2017 UCalgary3MT Finals.
“What has blown me away the most though is the strength of everyone's presentations and the passion students have for sharing their research,” says Shulyakovskaya. "There is very exciting and ground-breaking research happening on our campus right now, and the 3MT provides an awesome opportunity for the larger campus community to get a snapshot of the amazing things other departments and faculties are working on.”
Come hear the 2017 UCalgary3MT Finalists on Wednesday, April 5, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Husky Oil Great Hall, Rosza Centre.
2017 UCalgary3MT Finalists
- Stephanie Hladik, Master’s student in Engineering – Electrical & Computer
Supervisor: Dr. Laleh Behjat
Talk title: Using an Engineering Education Framework to Introduce Elementary Teachers to Computational Thinking
- Nancy Adam, PhD student in Medicine – Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Supervisors: Dr. Tara Beattie, Dr. Karl Riabowol
Talk title: The Aging Clock: Capping the Lifespan of our Cells
- William Andrew Thompson, PhD student in Biological Sciences
Supervisor: Dr. Matt Vijayan
Talk title: The Environmental Cost of Pursuing Happiness
- Supun De Silva, Master’s student in Engineering – Electrical & Computer
Supervisor: Dr. Michal Okoniewski
Talk title: Efficient Antennas for Your Smart Phone
- Tona Pitt, Master’s student in Medicine – Community Health Sciences
Supervisor: Dr. Brent Hagel
Talk title: Determining the Cause of Motor Vehicle Related Paediatric Bicyclist Injuries
- Ghada Nafie, Master’s student in Engineering – Chemical & Petroleum
Supervisor: Dr. Nashaat N. Nassar
Talk title: Nanoparticle Technology - Tomorrow's Wastewater Solution
- Aprami Jaggi, PhD student in Geoscience
Supervisors: Dr. Steve R. Larter, Dr. Thomas B.P. Oldenburg
Talk title: The Ultimate Fate of Oil in the Marine Environment Following Spillage
- Cynthia Kahl, Master’s student in Medicine – Neuroscience
Supervisor: Dr. Frank P. MacMaster
Talk title: Turning Down the Tics: Using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a Potential Treatment for Tourette's Syndrome in Children
- Susann Lagore, PhD student in Environmental Design
Supervisor: Dr. Thomas P. Keenan
Talk title: All Aboard: Public Transit for Individuals with Autism
- Samadhi Gunasekera, PhD student in Engineering – Civil
Supervisor: Dr. Patrick Hettiaratchi
Talk title: Methane Biofiltration - One Step Closer to Preventing Global Warming