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Winners in first Three Minute Thesis contest explain research in succinct, clear, engaging ways

UToday HomeApril 29, 2013

By Trisha Kingcott

The winners are, from left: Mustafa Al-Saiedy, Taya Forde, Emily Marasco, and Craig Beers.The winners are, from left: Mustafa Al-Saiedy, Taya Forde, Emily Marasco, and Craig Beers.A great turnout of spectators filled the Husky Oil Great Hall on Wednesday, April 24 to cheer on the 12 finalists at the first University of Calgary Three Minute Thesis Competition. Students, staff, faculty, friends and family filled out People’s Choice ballots to vote for their favourite graduate student speaker.

Dru Marshall, provost and vice-president (academic), and Lisa Young, vice-provost and dean of graduate studies, were on hand to welcome the audience and presenters, both saying the excellence of the research and student presentations were prime examples of the university’s steps to Top Five status.

After the presentations were completed, speakers relaxed and mingled with audience members. Meanwhile, the five judges deliberated for nearly half an hour to reach an agreement on who should go home with the prizes for being the most engaging, understandable, and skilled speakers.

  • First place went to Emily Marasco for her talk entitled Integrating Cross-Curricular Creativity into Elementary Electrical Engineering Education.
  • Second place was awarded to Craig Beers for his talk, Simultaneous Intracranial EEG and fMRI for the Imaging of Epilepsy.
  • Third place went to Taya Forde for her talk, CSI Arctic: What’s Killing the Muskoxen?
  • People’s Choice was awarded to Mustafa Al-Saiedy for his talk, Cholesterol Dependent Pulmonary Surfactant Dysfunction.

#UofC3MT Top 12 finalists with Dru Marshall, provost and vice-president (academic).#UofC3MT Top 12 finalists with Dru Marshall, provost and vice-president (academic).The Faculty of Graduate Studies, which organized the competition, along with students, staff and faculty involved in the event are eagerly looking forward to next year’s competition.

 

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