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U of T will defend its title at Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition

March 17, 2014

TORONTO, ON – Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to will be defend­ing its title for the upcom­ing Three Minute The­sis (3MT®) provin­cial com­pe­ti­tion!

The Three Minute The­sis (3MT®) com­pe­ti­tion is a Uni­ver­si­ty-wide com­pe­ti­tion for doc­tor­al stu­dents, in which par­tic­i­pants have three min­utes or less to present their doc­tor­al research to a pan­el of non-spe­cial­ist judges. The chal­lenge is to present com­plex research infor­ma­tion in an engag­ing, acces­si­ble, and com­pelling way.  The final­ists then com­pete in the provin­cial 3MT® com­pe­ti­tion at McMas­ter Uni­ver­si­ty, Hamil­ton.

Last year Jas­deep Sag­gar, a UofT PhD stu­dent in med­ical bio­physics, claimed the provin­cial cham­pi­onship tro­phy and $1000 for her pre­sen­ta­tion on hypox­ia-acti­vat­ed pro-drugs and Abra­ham Heifets, a PhD stu­dent in com­put­er sci­ence, claimed sec­ond prize with his provoca­tive pre­sen­ta­tion on how to make bet­ter med­i­cines with tech­nol­o­gy.

“My par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Three Minute The­sis com­pe­ti­tion has been noth­ing short of exhil­a­rat­ing; rep­re­sent­ing the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to at the provin­cial lev­el is an hon­our and tru­ly hum­bling.” Jas­deep exclaimed.  “Embrace the chal­lenge and this will be your moment to shine.”

The School of Grad­u­ate Stud­ies will hold divi­sion­al heats on March 18th, 20th and 21st and a cam­pus finals on March 26th to choose two stu­dents to rep­re­sent the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to at the provin­cial finals.  Approx­i­mate­ly 60 doc­tor­al stu­dents from across all four SGS divi­sions – human­i­ties, social sci­ences, phys­i­cal sci­ences, and life sci­ences –will com­pete to rep­re­sent UofT at the province-wide com­pe­ti­tion at McMas­ter Uni­ver­si­ty in Hamil­ton.

Dean Bri­an Cor­man was at last year’s provin­cial 3MT® com­pe­ti­tion at Queen’s Uni­ver­si­ty in Kingston to sup­port the two U of T final­ists.  “This is a proud moment for the School of Grad­u­ate Stud­ies and for the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to. To cap­ture first and sec­ond place amongst a pres­ti­gious group of grad­u­ate researchers doing excel­lent research at 16 Ontario uni­ver­si­ties is an impres­sive achieve­ment. I am indeed very proud of the pre­sen­ta­tions made by win­ners Jas­deep and Abra­ham.”


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