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3 Minute Thesis


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2014 Ontario 3 Minute Thesis Competition Was Outstanding

25th April, 2014

At McMaster University Club Alumni Memorial Hall yesterday, 19 graduate students took the stage to represent their school and explain their thesis in just 3 minutes.   Topics on Schizophrenia (Queen’s Mike Best) and asthma to soil samples, food and greening rooftops and historical perspectives, these talks were incredible.

2014 Participants and Judges 

(Left) 2014 Participants & JudgesUofT being presented trophy


(L to R) Ontario 3MT trophy being presented by next year's host,
last year's host, Queen's and 2014 host, McMaster, to
the winner of
the 2014 competition, U of T's Daiva Nielsen with
Dr Brian Corman



19 Ontario Universities were represented this year and all who attended agreed that Vanessa Hayward and her colleagues at McMaster, hosted an excellent event.    While waiting for the judges to score each participant, the audience was treated to impromptu masters from the “National Theatre of the World” company – Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram.  Having the whole event streamed live also allowed friends, colleagues and family to watch their favourite participant.

Rob Baker (Tragically Hip) was on the judging panel alongside 6 others from TV, the CFL, print media and government.

The results were:

1st place – Daiva Nielsen (U of T – Nutritional Sciences) – “Do dietary recommendations based on genetics change eating behaviour?”

2nd place – Leslie Nash (Brock – Applied Health Sciences) – “Simplici tea: Investigating tea as a dietary strategy for better bone health”.

3rd place – Muhammad Ali Naqvi (Ryerson – Molecular Sciene) – “Milk. It does a body good!... but how?”

4th place - Joseph Donohue (Western – Chemical & Biochemical Engineering) – “Scale-up of a Circulating Fluidized-bed Bioreactor”

5th place - Yasina Somani (Windsor – Kinesiology) – “Getting a grip on high blood pressure with a novel treatment”

The top 5 places now go on to represent Ontario  in the National 3MT competition.  We wish them all the best of luck as they take on the representatives from the West and the East.

The Participants Choice Award went to Cory Scurr (Wilfred Laurier University – History) – “Cold War Warrior? Diefenbaker and Canadian-Soviet Relations”.

How to vote for “The People’s Choice Award” will be advised shortly by McMaster.  Keep tabs on it on the 3MT website for how to vote for your favourite presentation.  Go to http://3mt.mcmaster.ca



A big shout out to Mike Best, Psychology (Left) who represented Queen’s and kicked off the competition by being the first to present.  Well done Mike, Queen’s is  very proud of you.