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On Thursday, April 14, Wilfrid Laurier University hosted the provincial competition for the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT® Ontario). The event, held at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), featured 20 graduate students from across Ontario sharing their research in just three minutes and in plain language.

Presenters were judged on their ability to communicate and engage with the audience about their research projects. The competition was tough as all presenters were winners of local 3MTs hosted by every university in Ontario.

“Laurier was honoured to host this year’s 3MT® Ontario,” said Joan Norris, dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. “The event features some of the best graduate student minds in the province and their presentations reflected their exceptional talents.”

Five prizes were announced at an awards lunch that followed 3MT® Ontario. The winners received cash prizes and will all advance onto the national level, an online competition coordinated by the Canadian Association of Graduate Schools.

The winners of the 2016 3MT Ontario were:

  • First place: Gah-Jone Won, University of Waterloo – “The Development of an Antibody-Drug Conjugate to Specifically Target and Soften the Crystalline Lens”
  • Second place: Michael Moore, Ryerson Universityn – “Listening to the ‘Seeds’ of Cancer”
  • Third place: Anastasia Shavrova, Queen’s University – “Strategies on Winning the Game of Life”
  • Fourth place: Justin Whitaker, University of Ottawa – “Bacto-Glue for You (and Better Building Bases Too)
  • Fifth place (and participants’ choice winner): Carly Cameron, Brock University – “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…”

Laurier congratulates all the participants including our own Becky Earhart (PhD Psychology) who proudly represented Laurier at the competition.

A recording of the 3MT® Ontario will be aired on Rogers TV on Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. and re-aired Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m.

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