We began with 10 polished and articulate 3-minute graduate student research presentations. And in the end, when the dust settled, the people’s choice ballots counted and the judges’ scorecards tallied, prizes were awarded to a select few, but applause and accolades, shared by all.
Here are the results.
Pictured: First Place and People's Choice Winner Zoe Wai-Man (l) with event organizer Jacquelyn Brinkman
First Place & People’s Choice Award: Zoe Wai-Man Lam, PhD in Linguistics,Perception of Lexical Tones by Heritage Speakers of Cantonese (Professor Douglas Pulleyblank & Dr. Kathleen Currie Hall)
1st Runner-up: Kyly Whitfield, PhD in Human Nutrition, Fortified fish sauce: a simple solution to thiamin deficiency in rural Cambodia (Dr. Tim Green)
2nd Runner-up: Samantha Grist, PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mimicking the body for drug testing (Drs. Karen Cheung & Lukas Chrostowski)
Pictured: Back L to R: Ana Elia Ramon Hidalgo, Alexander D. Wright, Zoe Wai-Man Lam, Soroush Shakibakho, Pardis Lakzadeh, Kyly Whitfield. Front L to R: Jeanette Leeuwner, Miranda Meents, Thea Franke, Samantha Grist
The Rest of the Best:
Soroush Shakibakho, MSc in Experimental Medicine, STAT3, SHIP, … and the SEDINs (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)
Ana Elia Ramón Hidalgo, PhD in Forestry, Forest communities, stay connected! Linking Empowerment Social Capital and Gender in Community Ecotourism (Dr. Robert Kozak)
Miranda Meents, PhD in Botany, Sorting out the Cell's Sorting Centre (Dr. Lacey Samuels)
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)
Jeanette Leeuwner, PhD in Chemical Engineering, Engineering fuel cells for the future (Prof. E. Gyenge & Prof. D. Wilkinson)
Thea Franke, PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, Can The Rest Of Our Lives Be… The Best Of Our Lives? (Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould)
This year more than 100 graduate students have taken on the challenge to participate in UBC’s fifth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, honed their public speaking skills, and competed in faculty & department organized heats over 5 weeks of competition.
This opportunity to reach a global audience is bigger than ever. The top 3 presenters from today will present with SFU’s top 3 on Friday, March 27th in an SFU/UBC Winners’ Showcase. UBC’s first place finisher will advance to a regional competition on April 30th at Thompson Rivers University. 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)
We’d like to extend a special thank-you to all the department and Faculty level heat organizers and a big shout- out to our semi-finals host, Dr. Rachel Fernandez, Associate Dean, PDFO and Student Professional Development and final’s host Kathryn Gretsinger, Instructor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism.
Our finals judging panel is also most deserving of a big thank-you – their task was surely the most difficult of all.
Judging Panel: Finals
Miriam GrantVice Provost & Dean, College of Graduate & Postdoctoral StudiesUniversity of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
Senior Scientist, StemCell Technologies
Manager, Communications, Office of the Vice President Research & International
Bryan K. Weber
Director of Strategy and Business Development and Director of Outreach and Education, NASA Sunjammer Solar Sail Mission, Space Services, Inc.