The University of Winnipeg’s Faculty of Graduate Studies held its eighth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) competition on Thursday, March 4, 2021 via Zoom. Master’s students from a variety of graduate programs competed to win a $1000 top prize and a $500 People’s Choice Award.
“The 3MT™ competition is a snapshot of the amazing work our students are doing at UWinnipeg,” said Dr. Doug Goltz Dean of Science and one of the judges. “From dissolved organic carbon to issues with hydroelectric projects, the variety of research topics as well as the significance of the research questions being asked was really very good!”
“The 3MT™ competition is a snapshot of the amazing work our students are doing at UWinnipeg.”
Dr. Doug Goltz
Each student had the challenging task of explaining their complex thesis ideas with one static slide using simple language within just three minutes. The stellar presentations were also judged by Uzoma Asagwara (MLA for Union Station) and Amber McGuckin (Reporter, Global News).
“It was a pleasure and honour to serve as a judge for UWinnipeg’s Graduate Studies 3MT Competition,” said Asagwara. “Congratulations to all the participants for their creative efforts to adapt to this year’s event. Special congrats to the winners and thank you to all the organizers involved in ensuring this wonderful event was a success.”
The 111 members of the audience had a difficult task picking one winner from 11 dynamic and informative presentations by the graduate students.
The People’s Choice Award went to Revanti Mukherjee – Bioscience, Technology, and Public Policy, on her topic Predicting Recurrence of ER+ Breast Cancer: Simple Test Vital Outcome.
The top prize went to Ada Chukwudozie, Master’s in Development Practice: Indigenous Development, on her topic Exploring the Idea of “land back” as the Answer to Achieving Sustainable Self-Determination.
Chukwudozie will now compete at the virtual Western 3MT™ hosted by Athabasca University in May, with a chance to move on to the National 3MT™.
“The 3MT Competition always presents a challenge to graduate students to be articulate, concise, and engaging on the topic of their research,” said Dr.Mavis Reimer, Dean of Graduate Students. “This year, with the online webinar format, student competitors also had to be adaptable. The poise all of them demonstrated in the face of all of these challenges was inspiring!”
The 3MT™ is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland which challenges postgraduate degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience within three minutes.
Meet this year’s brave 3MT™ participants.