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A healthy approach to the Three Minute Thesis

  • Priyanka Gogna, a master’s student in epidemiology
    Priyanka Gogna, a master’s student in epidemiology, receives the top prize of $1,000 from Brenda Brouwer, Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, for winning the Queen’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. (Photo by Greg Black)
  • Dhruv Bisario, a master’s student in astrophysics and astronomy
    Dhruv Bisario, a master’s student in astrophysics and astronomy, was selected as runner-up for his talk on “Accretion in Old Galaxies - A Piece of the Puzzle.” (Photo by Greg Black)
  • Shannon Neville, a master's students in biomedical engineering
    Shannon Neville, a master's students in biomedical engineering, makes her presentation at the Three Minute Thesis competition on Wednesday, March 28. (Photo by Greg Black)
  • Three Minute Thesis competitors and judges
    The Queen's Three Minute Thesis brought together graduate students from across the university who were competing for the title before a panel of non-specialist judges. (Photo by Greg Black)

Priyanka Gogna, a master’s student in epidemiology, is this year’s winner of the Queen’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Using only one static slide and no props, the graduate student competitors must present their research to a panel of non-specialist judges within a maximum time of 180 seconds.

In her presentation “When prevention could be the cure,” Ms. Gogna, spoke about how prevention is perhaps the best approach when dealing with disease rather than always looking for a cure.

Ms. Gogna, who is supervised by Will King (Public Health Sciences), also won the People’s Choice Award through a vote by audience members.

Dhruv Bisario, a master’s student in astrophysics and astronomy was runner-up with his talk on “Accretion in Old Galaxies - A Piece of the Puzzle.”

Ms. Gogna will now represent Queen’s at the Ontario 3MT on April 19 at York University. 

“For the Queen’s 3MT our students put in hours of preparation for their three minutes in front of the judges,” says Brenda Brouwer, Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. “The competition helps students hone communication skills while at the same time making their research accessible and it’s a great way to celebrate the innovative and thought-provoking research our graduate students are conducting across campus.”

The 3MT is a communications competition for graduate students. Developed in Australia by the University of Queensland in 2008, it has expanded to a series of competitions held at universities around the globe. In 2012, Queen’s held the first 3MT competition in Ontario and since then, Queen’s students have consistently excelled at both provincial and national competitions.