Winner of the 3MT U of T Finals 2019, Shane Saunderson (Photo: Jason Krygier-Baum)
What is the 3MT Competition?
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition is open to graduate students enrolled in Canadian universities. Participants have three minutes or less to present their research to a panel of non-specialist judges, and competitions are held at local, provincial, and national levels. The challenge is to present complex research information in an engaging, accessible, and compelling way.
This competition is a unique opportunity for graduate students to showcase their innovative and significant research to a wider audience, across disciplines within the University, and to the broader public. It is open to the public and advertised within the community.
3MT Competition 2019
Thank you to everyone who participated in and attended the U of T 3MT Finals Competition on April 4, 2019! Despite a power outage that required six contestants to present with neither slide nor microphone, all rose to the occasion and made the event a true celebration of remarkable research, community spirit, and resourcefulness.
Shane Saunderson - "Persuasive Robotics and the Social Machine" (Learn more about Shane's research here.)
Leah De Jong - "Using Skin Cells to Understand Genetic Brain Disorders in Rett Syndrome"
Tied for third place:
Ryan Chu - "Remote Vital Sign Monitoring Using Infrared Depth Cameras"
Farah Qaiser - "Using DNA sequencing to investigate the connection between Epilepsy and Autism Spectrum Disorder"
Shelley Vanderhout - "Cow's milk fat: which is best for children?"
Congratulations to Shane Saunderson for an outstanding presentation at 3MT Ontario, held this year at McMaster University. The results of the April 17 competition are in!
The 3MT Ontario 2019 Winners are:
First place: Alex Kjorven from Ryerson University
Second place: Yoah Sui from Western University
Third place: Amanda Brissenden from Queen's University
Fourth place: David Patch from Royal Military College
Fifth place: Haya Almutairi from the University of Waterloo
Competitor's Choice: Yoah Sui from Western University
Canada 3MT Competition
The 3MT Canadian champion will be chosen from 11 finalists from three regional competitions. Both master's and doctoral-level students are eligible. For more information, visit http://www.cags.ca/3mt.php.
Canada 3MT Competition
The 3MT Canadian champion will be chosen from 11 finalists from three regional competitions. Both master's and doctoral-level students are eligible. For more information, visit the
Canada 3MT website.
Past 3MT Winners
Congratulations to Meghan McGee from the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Read about
Meghan's research in U of T News and watch her winning
Congratulations to Richard Kil
from the Department of Chemistry for winning second place in Canada's 3MT Competition! After winning the 3MT Ontario Competition and Competitor's Choice Award, Richard was entered into the National Finals, where his video was judged by a panel
including the Tragically Hip's Rob Baker, CBC Radio producers Nicola Luksic and Tom Howell, and entrepreneur and PhD supporter Ian Baines. Shantanu Krishna Kumar (University of Guelph) won both the National title and the People's Choice Award. Congratulations to all! Read more on the CAGS website.
Read the U of T News interview with Richard Kil.
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Stephen McCarthy, a PhD candidate in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, who placed second runner-up at the Provincial 3MT® at Western University on April 23. Stephen competed against 19 other Ontario university students and earned a place in the coveted top-ranking positions. Watch the
Ontario 3MT® presentations.
Stephen and the other provincial finalists represented Ontario in the
Canada competition in May.
Stephen McCarthy (Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology) won the U of T 3MT with his presentation, "Towards an Ebola Cure." Stephen's research has attracted international media attention.
Read the full CNN story.
Gurman (Department of English) placed second with her talk on Consent and the Love Plot in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Fiction.
Congratulations to winner
Daiva Nielsen (Nutritional Sciences) and runner-up
Joseph Bondy-Denomy (Molecular Genetics) who took top honours in the University of Toronto 3MT® Finals held in March 2014.
Daiva moved on to compete and win the
2014 Ontario Final last April at McMaster University in Hamilton—successfully defending U of T's title in Ontario.
Read more about Daiva's big win.
Bravo to winner Jasdeep Saggar (Medical Biophysics) and runner-up Abraham Heifets (Computer Science) who placed first and second in the University of Toronto's first 3MT® competition held in March 2013
Jasdeep went on to represent U of T at the 2013 Ontario Finals in April at Queen's University in Kingston, successfully winning the first 3MT® Provincial Final.Read more about
Subsequently, Abraham went on to co-found the startup company Chematria, housed at U of T's Impact Centre. Chematria made news by launching a search for a new Ebola treatment using artificial intelligence.
Read more about Chematria in the U of T news.