Are you doing something amazing tomorrow afternoon?

You could be! Join the audiience for the semi-final rounds of UBC’s 3-Minute Thesis Competition and be inspired.

All around the Vancouver Campus UBC’s fifth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition has seen a flurry of outstanding presentations as graduate students challenge themselves and each other to inform us about their research in just three minutes.

This year more than 100 graduate students have taken on the challenge to participate, honed their public speaking skills, and competed in faculty & department organized heats over 6 weeks of competition. This week promises to be a wonderful showcase of graduate student research where 32 heat winners will show us how it should be done in two semi-final rounds with the top 8 advancing to the finals.

This opportunity to reach a global audience is bigger than ever. UBC’s first place finisher will advance to a regional completion. Top finishers from that competition will go on to contend for national honours in a virtual completion sponsored by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS)

Join us in the audience for the semi-final and final rounds and experience the student’s passion for their work and their ability to share its purpose and direction with clarity and passion.

Tuesday March 10, 2015

1:00 – 2:30 PM (semi-final 1)

3:00 – 4:30 PM (semi-final 2)


Top finishers will advance to the Final Round
Thursday March 12, 2015

4:30 – 6:00 PM (Final)


All events take place in the Graduate Student Centre Ballroom,

Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road


Following is the order of presentation for the semi-final rounds.

Semi-final 1:  1:00 -2:30 PM

Andrew Macdonald, PhD in Physics, Tiny but Mighty (Drs. Sarah Burke & Doug Bonn)
Katharina Rothe, PhD in Medical Genetics, Eaten alive: Self-cannibalism in Leukemia (Dr. Xiaoyan Jiang)
Natalie McCormick, PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Database and the Patient: Merging Two Worlds  of Data to Unmask the Full Impact of Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases (Drs. Antonio Avina-Zubieta & Carlo Marra)
Sarah Harper, PhD in Resource Management & Environmental Studies, Fisheries, Gender and fisheries: counting all fishers (Dr. U. Rashid Sumaila)
Thea Franke, PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, Can The Rest Of Our Lives Be… The Best Of Our Lives? (Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould)
Kyly Whitfield, PhD in Human Nutrition Fortified fish sauce: a simple solution to thiamin deficiency in rural Cambodia (Dr. Tim Green)
Farzad Khademolhosseini, PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Smart Materials: Massaging Cells to Control Wound Healing (Dr. Mu Chiao)
Ernesto Peña, PhD in Language and Literacy Education, Mapping Visual Literacy (Dr. Teresa Dobson)
Zoe Wai-Man Lam, PhD in Linguistics, Perception of Lexical Tones by Heritage Speakers of Cantonese (Professor Douglas Pulleyblank & Dr. Kathleen Currie Hall)
Samantha Grist, PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mimicking the body for drug testing (Drs. Karen Cheung & Lukas Chrostowski)
Mohammad Karamouzian, MSc in Population and Public Health, HIV/STI Stigma and Young People (Dr. Jeannie Shoveller)
Amir Shoolestani, PhD in Civil Engineering, Social Sustainability for Building Management (Dr. Thomas Froese)
Ana Elia Ramón Hidalgo, PhD in Forestry, Forest communities, stay connected! Linking Empowerment Social Capital and Gender in Community Ecotourism (Dr. Robert Kozak)
Ahn R. Lee, MSc in Experimental Medicine, Elucidating the Molecular Mechanism of the Neuroendocrine (NE) trans-Differentiation Progression of Human Prostate Cancer Cells (Dr. Xuesen Dong)
Sally Lee-Sayer, PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, Hyaluronic acid helps hematopoietic stem cells decide (Dr. Pauline Johnson)
Keelin Scully, MSc in Geological Engineering, Alternative fuel spills in subsurface environments (Dr. K. Ulrich Mayer)

Semi-final 2:  3:00 – 4:30 PM

Carlos Diaz Salazar, MSc in Microbiology and Immunology, Producing Biofuel from Plant Waste (Dr. Lindsay Eltis)
Jeanette Leeuwner, PhD in Chemical Engineering, Engineering fuel cells for the future (Prof. E. Gyenge & Prof. D. Wilkinson)
Ankur Midha, MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Targeting Cholesterol in Prostate Cancer (Drs. Michael Cox & Kishor Wasan)
Alexander D. Wright, MD/PhD, Health and Exercise Science, Head hits and brain blood flow - what's happening after a concussion? (Dr. Paul van Donkelaar)
Michael Zima, MSc in Geology, When Contaminated Groundwater Meets Surface Water (Dr. Roger Beckie)
Chantal Mustoe, PhD in Chemistry, A Journey Through the Science of ALS (Drs. Pierre Kennepohl & Suzana Straus)
Ashley Sanders, PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology, Structure matters (Dr. Peter M. Lansdorp)
Barbara Wong, MSc in Forestry, Dead or Alive: Pathogen Detection in Export Wood (Dr. Richard Hamelin)
Allison Stocks, MSc in Zoology, Towards Sustainable Seahorse Fisheries in Vietnam (Drs. Amanda Vincent & Sarah Foster)
Frank Wang, MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Drugs Hidden in IL10 Regulatory Network (Dr. Alice Mui)
Pardis Lakzadeh, MSc in Population and Public Health, Economic assessment of homestead food production in rural Cambodia (Drs. Larry Lynd & Aslam Anis)
Stephen Zielke, PhD in Chemistry, How Water Freezes in Our Atmosphere (Drs. A Bertram & G Patey)
Miranda Meents, PhD in Botany, Sorting out the Cell's Sorting Centre (Dr. Lacey Samuels)
Soroush Shakibakho, MSc in Experimental Medicine, STAT3, SHIP, … and the SEDINs (Dr. Alice Mui)
Lucia Saavedra, Land and Food Systems – information not available at time of publication.
Tim Rogers, PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Writing Efficient Code, Without all the Work (Professor Tor Aamodt)

All members of the UBC community and general public are welcome to attend, but seating is limited. Please arrive early as seating during the event will only be permitted during intervals between presentations.

Media Contact: Carolynne Ciceri Communications Manager | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies |

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus Phone 604 822 3747|

Monday, 09 March 2015