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Who’s the best at presenting a thesis in three minutes?

UToday HomeApril 23, 2013

By Trisha Kingcott

The winners of Heat 1: Emily Marasco, Victoria, Quinn Thompson, and Bernhard Aumayer.
The winners of Heat 1: Emily Marasco, Victoria Lukasik, Quinn Thompson, and Bernhard Aumayer.
The winners of Heat 2: Shannon Brown, Deb De Rantere, Marie Palmnäs, and Allegra Courtright.
The winners of Heat 2: Shannon Brown, Deb De Rantere, Marie Palmnäs, and Allegra Courtright.
The winners of Heat 3: Patrick Schenck, Mustafa Al-Saiedy, Taya Forde, and Craig Beers.
The winners of Heat 3: Patrick Schenck, Mustafa Al-Saiedy, Taya Forde, and Craig Beers.
An 80,000-word thesis would take nine hours to present. Can it be done in three minutes?

Twelve graduate students who say it can are the finalists competing for the top prize at the University of Calgary’s first Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT).

This international research communication competition began at the University of Queensland in 2008 and has become a phenomenon at universities worldwide.

Graduate students have three minutes to explain their research to a non-specialist audience and communicate why it is significant. Their tools are their voice and one static PowerPoint slide. No props are allowed. Judges score competitors on communication style, comprehension, and engagement.

The top three contestants and People’s Choice winners from three heats held on April 17 and 18 advance to the UofC3MT Finals at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 in the Rosza Centre’s Husky Oil Great Hall. Come listen and vote for your favourite for the People’s Choice award.

Prizes include cash ranging from $250 to $1,000, trophies, invitations to speak at the Alberta Graduate Students’ Association conference in May 2013, Workplace Speaker Network memberships and profile pages, and University of Calgary Bookstore gift certificates.

UofC3MT Finalists

  • Mustafa Al-Saiedy, Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences, Cholesterol Dependent Pulmonary Surfactant Dysfunction.
  • Bernhard Aumayer, Geomatics Engineering, Stereo-Vision Aided GPS for Automotive Navigation in Challenging Environments.
  • Craig Beers, Neuroscience, Simultaneous Intracranial EEG and fMRI for the Imaging of Epilepsy.
  • Shannon Brown, Gastrointestinal Sciences, Seeing With Your Gut.
  • Allegra Courtright, Neuroscience, Brain Boost: The effects of Exercise on the Brain in Adolescents with Depression.
  • Deb De Rantere, Veterinary Medical Sciences, Silence Speaks Volumes: How Rat Ultrasonic Communication Can Teach Us About Pain Perception
  • Taya Forde, Veterinary Medical Sciences, CSI Arctic: What's Killing the Muskoxen?
  • Victoria Lukasik, Geography, Examining A Deadly Paradigm: Western-Canadian Carnivore Management.
  • Emily Marasco, Electrical and Computer Engineering,  Integrating Cross-curricular Creativity into Elementary Electrical Engineering Education.
  • Marie Palmnäs, Medical Science, The Biology of Ovarian Cancer — the Molecules and the Magic.
  • Patrick Schenck, Gastrointestinal Sciences, The Role of Bacteria in the Protection Against Infections.
  • Quinn Thomson, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Aided Detection of Acute Ischemic Stroke: Finding Dying Brain Tissue in Early CT Images with Image Texture Analysis.

Follow the trend on Twitter with #UofC3MT. More information on the Three-Minute Thesis at the University of Calgary can be found at http://grad.ucalgary.ca/mygradskills/3MT.

 

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