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Congratulations to Chenman (Cara) Yin – Winner of Queen’s 3 Minute Thesis

March 25, 2015

2015 3MT Final Presenters

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.

In her presentation Queen’s 3MT winner Cara described how her research contributes to a safer way to perform brain surgery. By using lasers, so Cara’s work shows, the risk of cutting the bone during surgery can be significantly reduced.  As an international student, Cara presented her research in her second language, but this didn’t prevent her from delivering her presentation in a clear and engaging way, convincing the panel of judges to award her with the first prize.  

Cara will now go on to represent Queen’s at the Ontario 3MT competition at Western University on April 23. The School of Graduate Studies and the rest of the Queen’s and Kingston community congratulate all presenters on their fantastic performances and wish Cara the best of luck for the Ontario 3MT!

Read more about the 2015 Queen's 3MT in the Queen's Gazette and the Whig Standard

Queen's 3MT winner Chenman (Cara) Yin2015 3MT JudgesCara Yin is presented with winner's cheque

From left to right: 3MT winner Chenman (Cara) Yin presents her research; 2015 Judges: Ken Stevens, Daniel Woolf, Toby Abramsky, Ann Lukits; Principal Daniel Woolf and SGS Dean and Vice-Provost Brenda Brouwer present Cara with the winner's cheque


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