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U of T student wins Ontario Three Minute Thesis Competition

Queen's hosted the Ontario Three Minute Thesis Competition.

Jasdeep Saggar, a medical biophysics PhD student from University of Toronto, won the Ontario Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) held at Queen’s University on Thursday.

Ms Saggar won the $1,000 prize for her presentation titled Hypoxia-activated pro-drugs, which detailed a novel approach for breast cancer.

The event attracted 30 graduate students from 16 universities.

3MT is a competition for graduate students in which participants present their research and its wider impact on society in three minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way.

Winner Jasdeep Saggar.

The runner up was Abraham Heifets, a computer science PhD student from University of Toronto with a presentation titled How can we make better medicines? Computer tools for chemistry.

Third place went to Chau Minh Phan, a PhD student in vision science from University of Waterloo, for a talk on treating fungal eye infections with contact lenses and nanoparticles.

Judges taking part in the competition included Rob Baker (guitarist for the Tragically Hip), Vicki Keith (marathon swimmer), and Peter Gooch (Council of Ontario Universities).