Queen's 3MT Competition

Participants

Graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to compete in the Queen's, Three Minute Thesis Competition held each year.  As we approach each year's competition, details of our participants will be posted as they are confirmed (not in any particular order), highlighting their program and their research.

Tess Marusyk "Tess Marusyk"

Program: Epidemiology
 

Supervisor: Dr. Colleen Davidson
 

Presentation: Teenage Substance Use and Depression: who's at risk?


Claudia Hirtenfelder "Claudia Hirtenfelder"

Program: Geography 


Supervisor: Drs Carolyn Prouse & Laura Cameron


Presentation: Where How did all the cows go?


Salman Ahmadi "Salman Ahmadi"

Program: Epidemiology


Supervisor:  Drs Joan Tranmer & Kristan Aronson


Presentation: Timing is the Key: The biological clock and cardiovascular health


Laura Connolly"Laura Connolly"

Program: Electrical & Computer Engineering


Supervisor: Drs Parvin Mousavi & Gabor Fichtinger


Presentation: Robot-Assisted Surgery: Charting a new road map for cancer treatment


Carrie Ewins "Carrie Ewins"

Program: Biology


Supervisor: Dr. Shelly Arnott


Presentation: What's happening beneath the surface in murky Arctic lakes? Looking to the zooplankton for answers


Isobel Sharpe"Isobel Sharpe"

Program: Epidemiology
 

Supervisor: Dr. Colleen Davison
 

Presentation: Weathering the Storm: the effects of climate change on our mental health


Xi Wang "Xi Wang"

Program: Geological Sciences


Supervisor: Dr. Chris Spencer


Presentation: Secret-teller of Early Earth


Natalie Hume "Natalie Hume"

Program: Art History


Supervisor: Dr. Allison Moorehead


Presentation: Apocalyptic Visions: painting the end of the world in late nineteenth-century Paris

Aida Mohammadi "Aida Mohammadi"

Program: Chemical Engineering


Supervisor: Drs Aristides Docoslis and Mark Daymond


Presentation: Fossil fuels can be part of the zero-carbon solution?


Jessie Reynolds "Jessie Reynolds"

Program: Biology


Supervisor: Dr. Diane Orihel


Presentation: Canadian oil pollution - how it affects our fishy friends


Quentin Tsang  "Quentin Tsang"

Program: Translational Medicine


Supervisor: Drs David Reed and Stephen Vanner


Presentation: Have questions about cannabis: can we really answer patients’ questions?


Nicholas Grubic "Nicholas Grubic"

Program: Epidemiology


Supervisor: Drs Steven Brooks and Paul Peng


Presentation: The Bystander Effect: Cardiac Arrest and Pre-hospital Care Along the Urban-Rural Spectrum 


Tabatha Rahman"Tabatha Rahman"

Program: Geography


Supervisor: Dr. Scott Lamoureux


Presentation: Beneath the Surface: how vegetation affects thawing and freezing of High Arctic soils


Tessa Krause "Tessa Krause"

Program: Engineering and Applied Physics


Supervisor: Dr. James Fraser


Presentation: Global Electric Vehicle Outlook: What this means for the future of battery manufacturing 


Samantha Twietmeyer "Samantha Twietmeyer"

Program: Political Studies


Supervisor: Dr. John McGarry


Presentation: Scared of what's behind you - Negotiating a Double Minority Dilemma


Christine Mills "Christine Mills"

Program: Aging and Health


Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Donnelly


Presentation: How do social networks influence the nutrition of Canadian older adults


 

Tabatha Rahman"Tabatha Rahman"

Program: Geography


Supervisor: Dr. Scott Lamoureux


Presentation: Beneath the Surface: how vegetation affects thawing and freezing of High Arctic soils


Salman Ahmadi "Salman Ahmadi"

Program: Epidemiology


Supervisor:  Drs Joan Tranmer & Kristan Aronson


Presentation: Timing is the Key: The biological clock and cardiovascular health


Tessa Krause "Tessa Krause"

Program: Engineering and Applied Physics


Supervisor: Dr. James Fraser


Presentation: Global Electric Vehicle Outlook: What this means for the future of battery manufacturing 


Quentin Tsang  "Quentin Tsang"

Program: Translational Medicine


Supervisor: Drs David Reed and Stephen Vanner


Presentation: Have questions about cannabis: can we really answer patients’ questions?


Natalie Hume "Natalie Hume"

Program: Art History


Supervisor: Dr. Allison Moorehead


Presentation: Apocalyptic Visions: painting the end of the world in late nineteenth-century Paris


Laura Connolly"Laura Connolly"

Program: Electrical & Computer Engineering


Supervisor: Drs Parvin Mousavi & Gabor Fichtinger


Presentation: Robot-Assisted Surgery: Charting a new road map for cancer treatment


Claudia Hirtenfelder "Claudia Hirtenfelder"

Program: Geography 


Supervisor: Drs Carolyn Prouse & Laura Cameron


Presentation: Where How did all the cows go?


Samantha Twietmeyer "Samantha Tweitmeyer"

Program: Political Studies


Supervisor: Dr. John McGarry


Presentation: Scared of what's behind you - Negotiating a Double Minority Dilemma


Jessie Reynolds "Jessie Reynolds"

Program: Biology


Supervisor: Dr. Diane Orihel


Presentation: Canadian oil pollution - how it affects our fishy friends


 

Judges

Susan Korba - Director, Student Academic Success Services"Susana Korba"

I feel very fortunate to be the inaugural director of Student Academic Success Services. I started working at the Writing Centre in 1996 when I was a graduate student at Queen’s; since then, I’ve marked countless student papers, supported students and faculty in writing appointments and workshops, and taught writing courses at Queen’s and the Royal Military College—even one via radio. I think that what we do at SASS is a really important part of helping students recognize their own abilities, enhance their skills, and move forward academically, professionally, and personally.

I most enjoy working with students from a variety of academic and cultural backgrounds and seeing them develop their skills and confidence, as well as partnering with so many passionate educators on campus, both faculty and staff. 

 

Kelly Blair-Matuk - Associate Director in the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) 

"Kelly Blair-Matuk"

Kelly Blair-Matuk has spent her career in an academic setting, in a variety of different roles.  Following her doctoral work in Psychology/Neuroscience at Dalhousie University, she returned to Queen’s University, her alma mater, to work in the Department of Biology as a researcher and lecturer.  In 2008, she began work in the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research), where she fulfilled a variety of functions, including the coordination of national and international prize nominations for outstanding faculty, serving as a co-managing editor of the Queen’s research magazine (e) AFFECT, coordinating high-profile events and announcements, developing communications materials for internal and external partners, and assisting on special research initiatives.  In her current role as Associate Director, she leads the development and implementation of various research initiatives of strategic importance for the university and provides high-level strategic and operational support for university-wide initiatives led by the Vice-Principal (Research), including policy development and strategic planning.

 

Meg Ferriman, Director, Student Life, Student Experience Office, Student Affairs "Meg Ferriman"

Meg Ferriman (she/hers) is the Director, Student Life at Queen’s University. She oversees programming related to transition, engagement and student development, including programs such as Bystander Intervention Training and Queen’s Reads. Meg is a Cape Bretoner and a proud grad of St. Francis Xavier University and a current student of Central Michigan University.

 

Emcee 
Dr. Christopher DeLuca
"Christopher DeLuca"

Dr. Christopher DeLuca is an Associate Dean at the School of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in Educational Assessment at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. Chris leads the Classroom Assessment Research Team and is the Director of the Queen’s Assessment and Evaluation Group. His research examines the complex intersection of curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment as operating within the current context of standards-based education

Miguel Hahn - Head Career Counsellor, Career Services "Miguel Hahn"

Miguel Hahn has worked at Queen’s Career Services for 8 years, with another 7 years of experience working at the University of Toronto Career Centre, and time between on other adventures including international development, farming, and the non-profit sector. He is currently adding to his training from his Bachelor of Education, and coursework in a Master’s of Counselling Psychology with a business certificate from St. Lawrence College.

His work is divided between offering direct service to students in the form of workshops and appointments, leading the career counselling team, and working on special projects such as the Major Maps, Grad Maps, and Majors Night. He is particularly excited to be a part of the 3MT as his work with graduate students often includes working to convey the value of complex research experiences to other audiences such as employers. 

 

Sara Montgomery - Senior Research & Planning Analyst"Sara Montgomery"

Sara Montgomery is a Senior Analyst in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. She does an extensive analysis of various institutional and national datasets, in support of administrative initiatives. Sara also helps manage the Qualtrics survey system for campus users, including the delivery of training workshops. The Office of Institutional Research and Planning is establishing a self-service model of data using Tableau Software, so Sara and the OIRP team are undertaking Design Sprints and engaging with members of the Queen’s community as they build analytics dashboards. Sara has also worked with SGS on many projects over the years, and always enjoys learning about the research of graduate students.

 

Corinna Fitzgerald - Assistant Dean Student Life & Learning "Corinna Fitzgerald"

Corinna is the Assistant Dean, Student Life and Learning within the Division of Student Affairs where she oversees several units focused on student engagement and transition. Corinna had previously worked in similar positions at institutions such as St. Francis Xavier University, McMaster University and, Humber College and has an MA and an MEd.

 

Emcee 
James Reynolds, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies 
"James Reynolds"

Dr. James Reynolds is a Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. The major focus of Dr. Reynolds’ research is on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on the developing brain and the resulting cognitive, behavioural and socio-emotional deficits that may occur in children. Dr. Reynolds is the Program Lead for the FASD Research Program in the Kids Brain Health Network, a national Network of Centres of Excellence dedicated to the study of neurodevelopmental disorders in children, and he also serves as the Deputy Scientific Director for the network.

Kofi Adow, University Council "Kofi Adow"

MBA’2017 Smith School of Business. Executive Management Consultant. 2017 EMBA Class Representative and Valedictorian. Affiliations: ACMP PNW Board Member, Queens University Alumni, Cornell University Alumni, Chartered Alternative Investment Association Member, Project Management Institute Member, Prosci Member, Donor and advocate of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I am originally from Ghana, and I now live in Seattle, WA, where I lead the Organizational Development practice at a Business and IT Consulting firm advising Fortune 1000 companies. Current term to 2022.

 

Mark Green, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) "Mark Green"

Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Dr. Mark Green is the university's chief academic, budget, and operating officer. In these roles, Dr. Green is responsible for the development of the university’s budget and has oversight of academic affairs at Queen’s. Dr. Green works closely with the university’s senior leadership team to ensure operational planning is fully integrated across the university, aligns with the university’s strategic vision, and is supported by an appropriate allocation of resources.

Dr. Green completed a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Engineering at Queen’s in 1987 and a Ph.D. at Cambridge University in 1991. He joined the Civil Engineering department at Queen’s as a postdoctoral fellow in 1991 and as a Queen’s National Scholar in 1993 and became a full Professor in 2002.  He served as Acting Associate Academic Dean, Acting Head, and Associate Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, and from 2018 until 2020 he was Vice-Dean (Graduate Studies and Recruitment) of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. 

Dr. Green is an internationally respected research scholar in structural engineering whose award-winning work focuses on enabling structures to withstand extreme conditions and on sustainable engineering technologies. He has won the Professional Engineers Ontario Medal for Research and Development and the Premier’s Research Excellence Award. He is a Fellow of the International Institute for FRP in Construction and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. He champions multidisciplinary approaches to academic endeavours, and he has been cross-appointed to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Faculty of Education.

Dr. Green is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, and he is interested in encouraging and supporting diversity and inclusivity throughout the university. He was the co-chair of the Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force and an advisor to the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI). He is also an advisor to the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science on the development of an Aboriginal Access to Engineering Initiative, and he has served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Council of Queen’s and as Chair of the First Nations Technical Institute.

 

Sandra den Otter, Vice-Provost (International)"Sandra den Otter"

Dr den Otter works closely with the Principal and Vice-Chancellor and the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) on the strategic direction of international initiatives at Queen’s.  The international portfolio has benefited from Dr. den Otter’s previous experience as Associate Vice-Principal (Research and International), Associate Vice-Principal (Research), and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. While working in the research portfolio, she advanced equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity in research at Queen’s, including the Canada Research Chair program. She also led the development of research collaborations across the funding agencies, including the New Frontiers programs, and has supported Queen’s researchers through internal funding programs.

Dr. den Otter’s knowledge and expertise have been critical in helping the university respond to COVID-19. As the pandemic escalated in late winter, she guided the support for exchange students facing disruptions to their travel and their academic study and led the portfolio in re-imagining virtual forms of international engagement. She also assisted with mobilizing the COVID-19 rapid research funding.

Dr. den Otter researches and teaches the history of Britain and the world in the 18th to 20th centuries, with particular expertise in the history of ideas of social welfare and inequality, and colonial law and cultures. Following doctoral studies in the Faculty of Modern History at the University of Oxford, Dr. den Otter held a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University. She has also held a research fellowship at Clare Hall, Cambridge.  In addition to her investigation of legal cultures in colonial South Asia, a new research project explores humanitarianism in the nineteenth-century world.  She is the co-editor of the Journal of British Studies (Cambridge University Press), the premier journal for scholars of British history in North America. 

 

Emcee 
Dr. Christopher DeLuca
"Christoper DeLuca"

Dr. Christopher DeLuca is an Associate Dean at the School of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in Educational Assessment at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. Chris leads the Classroom Assessment Research Team and is the Director of the Queen’s Assessment and Evaluation Group. His research examines the complex intersection of curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment as operating within the current context of standards-based education

Results

First Place: Samantha Twietmeyer, Political Studies

Second Place: Laura Connolly, Electrical & Computer Engineering

People's Choice: Quentin Tsang, Translational Medicine