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Shine a Light: 3MT Champ shows the potential of laser beams in making surgery safer

Chenman(Cara) Yin is a physicist’s physicist – she switched from astrophysics, the program for which she’d come from China, to engineering physics because the former was too “remote from reality” for someone who is more motivated “by solving hands-on problems.” In exploring the hardest of the hard sciences, she wound up working with an equally hard material, bone. In her Master of Applied Science under the supervision of Dr. James Fraser, Yin is researching how to use lasers to cut bone in hopes of making procedures like brain surgery safer. Her presentation of this research for Queen’s 2015 Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition won her first place and a spot at the provincial competition to be held at Western University later this month.


Congratulations to Chenman (Cara) Yin – Winner of Queen’s 3 Minute Thesis

March 25, 2015

Only standing room was left when eight graduate students and two post-doctoral fellows presented their research at the March 24 Queen’s 3 Minute Thesis Final. Each participant had just three minutes and one static slide to convey their research to the four non-specialist judges and the audience. The 2015 judges were Queen’s principal and vice-chancellor Daniel Woolf, Ann Lukits, a science journalist who writes for the Wall Street Journal, DuPont researcher Ken Stevens, and Keystone vice-president Toby Abramsky.

 It was a tight competition, but in the end Physics Master’s student Chenman (Cara) Yin took the first place with her presentation “Seeing the world at the tip of a laser beam”, followed by runner-up Nicolle Dominik, a PhD student in Physiology, who presented on the cardiopulmonary system. Changhai Zhu, Master’s student in Biology, won the People’s Choice Award with his presentation on fisheries research.


Queen’s 3 Minute Thesis – A fun event and an exciting opportunity

With just one day left before the 3 Minute Thesis® final on March 24, the participants and judges are getting ready for the big event. Eight Graduate students across all disciplines will be presenting their research, on topics such as detecting waterborne pathogens, the protection of indigenous knowledge, the management of waste, or the human nervous system. For the first time in Queen’s 3MT history, two post-doctoral fellows will present their research alongside their graduate student colleagues, and compete for the People’s Choice Award. For this award, the audience can vote electronically for their favourite presentation using a new online voting system.


Heat 2 does not disappoint us

Following on from a great heat 1, our second heat for the 2015 3 Minute Thesis competition, held today in Mackintosh-Corry Hall, was no exception. Nine participants from across disciplines shared their research with us. Research ranged from surface water quality, to sneezing in spring!

Congratulations to all our presenters today on a job well done. Also a big thanks to our judges today - Justin Kerr (QUIC), Carey Bidtnes (KEDCO) and Dr Sam McKegny (English).


Heat 1 a close affair

At 1pm today, the first heat of Queen's 3 Minute Thesis event took place at Mackintosh-Corry Hall. Eight graduate students took on the difficult task of presenting their research in just three minutes. The competition was so close that the judges had to confer on two occasions to sort out the order of who was moving on to the final on 24th March. Congratulations to all participants on showcasing your research to us all!


Support Queen's 3MT®! Heats on March 10 and 12

Come out to support graduate students present their research in three minutes! Participate in the People's Choice Award and vote for your favourite presenter in each heat. 

Heat 1
March 10th (Tuesday)

Start Time - 1pm
Venue - MacCorry Hall, room B176 Lecture Theatre

Heat 2
March 12th (Thursday)

Start Time - 1pm
Venue - MacCorry Hall, room B176 Lecture Theatre

​Find more information in the 3MT Calendar.


Registration for 3MT 2015 is now open

Registration for the 2015 Queen's 3 Minute Thesis Event is now open

This year's Queen's 3MT event will be held in March on the 10th and 12th with the final on the 24th March.  Full details of the event and how to register can be found at http://www.queensu.ca/3mt/registration

There will be an Expanding Horizons workshop dedicated to how to prepare your presentation and last year's winner, Mike Best (Psychology) will be on hand to give his advice and experiences.  The workshop is on:

17th February starting at 4pm in Kinesiology 101.

If you are not sure if this is for you, check out the videos from past years.  You don't want to miss this opportunity to showcase your research.