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.
Following on from a great heat 1, our second heat for the 2015 3 Minute Thesis competition, held today in MacIntosh-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).
Ph.D candidate, Neuroscience
Scott in Marsberg, Germany
At 1pm yesterday, the first heat of Queen's 3 Minute Thesis event took place at MacIntosh-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.
Two weeks ago on Wednesday February 25th was the annual Tri-Council Award reception where Masters and PhD students (and added this year, Post-doctoral fellows) and their proud supervisors gathered together to celebrate the accomplishment of bringing in this prestigious external funding. The Tri-Council Agencies comprise the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). These councils, which are accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Industry and Minister of Health, respectively, are the major public funders of graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty research in the country.