Western hosts Ontario Provincial Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Graduate students representing 20 Ontario universities will converge on Western University’s campus this week to compete in the Ontario Provincial Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

3MT competitors receive a maximum of three minutes to verbally present an overview of their research and its wider impact to a panel of high-profile volunteer judges using only a single, static PowerPoint slide. This year’s judges include: The Tragically Hip’s Rob Baker; retired NHL player, Eric Lindros; Sleep Country Canada Co-Founder and Chair, Christine Magee; Economist Paul Jenkins; and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognition and Neuroscience and Imaging, Adrian Owen.

All of the 20 3MT competitors have already won their university’s competition. The Ontario finals are the next opportunity to share their research findings in an engaging and compelling way as they strive to reach the Canada-wide competition.

3MT Ontario 2015 will take place on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the BMO Financial Group Auditorium at the Ivey Business School.

“Hosting the provincial finals of the 3MT competition is an honour for Western,” said Linda Miller, Vice-Provost (Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies). “The 3MT is an outstanding opportunity for graduate students to develop and refine key communication skills that will help them succeed in their academic careers and beyond.”

Representing Western in the Ontario finals is Jenna Butler, Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science, whose research uses computer modeling to help understand the best combination of chemotherapy drugs to fight cancer. Jenna’s winning presentation from Western’s 3MT Competition can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GydZ1cRKWLg

Acting as emcees for this year’s event are Western graduate students Joseph Donohue and Alexander Moszczynski. Donohue is a Master of Engineering Science candidate who won the top prize at Canada’s National 2014 3MT finals. Moszczynski is a Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience, and a founding member and chair of the graduate student radio show and podcast GradCast. Moszczynski and Donohue co-host the bi-weekly radio show that showcases the research of Western’s graduate students

The 3MT event is open to the public.

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