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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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UofT will Defend its Title at Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition