Congratulations to Chenman (Cara) Yin, winner of the National 3 Minute Thesis People's Choice Award. After taking a fantastic fourth place at the Ontario 3MT in April, Cara convinced voters at the national level with her presentation Seeing the world at the tip of a laser beam. In her Master of Applied Science in Physics, Yin is researching how to use lasers to cut bone and improve outcomes in brain surgery. She impressed the more than 2,000 voters with her accessible, clear – and, at times, funny presentation. It is a particularly sweet victory for the physicist who knew very little English when she arrived in Canada to do her undergraduate studies.
On April 23rd, Queen's Physics Masters student Chenman (Cara) Yin placed 4th at the Ontario 3 Minute Thesis competition with her presentation "Seeing the world at the tip of a laser beam". Cara's excellent presentation will now go on to the Canada 3 Minute Thesis competition. Online voting for the People's Choice starts on May 15th. More details soon here!
You can watch the complete competition online on Western's The Wire website
Today at the Ontario 3MT final hosted by Western University, Queen's very own graduate student, Cara Yin (Physics) gave a great presentation and took 4th place. This puts Cara into the final of the National 3MT competition!
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.
Fresh from finishing her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at Queen’s University, Katherine Launier has returned to her roots in western Canada. A month after completing her MPH, she landed a job with the Aboriginal and Global Health Research Group at the University of Alberta and moved back to her home province.
If you ask Stefanie Stuart what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would tell you she was torn between three fields: conservation biology, healthcare and theatre. It was her love for all living things that inspired her to complete an undergrad degree at the University of Toronto in integrative biology and neuroscience. By the end, she had affirmed her interest in health. But she had also become convinced that health was more than genetics, chemical reactions and cellular pathways. So, she decided to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH), knowing that it would be a more integrative approach that would pay attention to the range of social and political issues that contribute to health.
Before even defending her PhD, computer scientist Kathrin Tyryshkin had two job offers – one in industry, and one at a Queen’s department (the one she ultimately took). Tyryshkin surely chose a timely field and stayed the course with diligence in publishing, conferencing and teaching, but she credits at least part of her success to Queen’s School of Graduate Studies’ Dissertation Boot Camp.
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.
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.