2016 uLethbridge 3MT Winners

Monday, March 14, 2016

How do you condense years of research into one slide and a three minute presentation? Ask Douglas Kiss, who knows all about it.  Kiss took the top prize in the 2016 uLethbridge Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition hosted on campus on Friday March 11, 2016. 

Kiss, a second year Master of Science student who is working in the lab of Dr. Gerlinde Metz competed against 9 other finalists to take home the first place prize in this year’s competition, by successfully explaining his research on concussions to a diverse audience.  He was joined on the podium by Candace Burke (MSc, Neuroscience), and Ruis Pais (PhD, Neuroscience) who placed second and third respectively. Luc Roberts (PhD, Biochemistry) was voted the 2016 People’s Choice winner. 

Candace Burke presented on the analysis of rodent vocalizations with her presentation titled “‘What are They Saying? Analyzing Rodent Vocalizations.” Burke is currently studying in Dr. David Euston’s lab. Pais took home third place with his presentation titled “Memory Consolidation: The Influence of the Hippocampus in Cortical Activity.” Pais is currently studying with Dr. Bruce McNaughton. Luc Roberts who is studying in the Alberta RNA Research and training Institute (ARRTI) with Dr. Hans-Joachim Wieden, won over the crowd to take home the People’s Choice trophy with his presentation titled “Viruses: Molecular Pirates.” Roberts is a past winner from 2014, where he presented on his Master of Science work on Translating Protein Movements into Novel Antibiotics.

The winners take home prize money that was donated by the Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Science, the Faculty of Education, the University of Lethbridge Alumni Association and the School of Graduate Studies.  As the winner of the competition, Douglas Kiss will take home $1250, Burke $750 for second place, and finally Pais and Roberts will each take home $500 for third place and People’s Choice respectively.

uLethbridge held their first 3MT competition in 2014 as a way to provide career building opportunities for graduate students.From left to right are Dr. Robert Wood, dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Douglas Kiss, first place, Rui Pais, third place, Candace Burke, second place, Luc Roberts, People's Choice, and Kayla Ueland, president of the Graduate Students' Association. 3MT allows graduate students at uLethbridge to develop their academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The 3MT competition was originally developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, and has since grown to include over 170 competitions in more than 18 countries worldwide. 

In addition to his prize money, Kiss will move on to represent the University of Lethbridge at the Western Regional 3MT® Competition to be hosted at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, BC on April 29, 2016. Here he will compete against the top candidates from Universities across Western Canada, including Saskatchewan, Regina, Manitoba, Winnipeg, Calgary, British Columbia, and Victoria. The top three competitors from the Western Regional competition will then advance to the national competition, which is hosted virtually by the Canadian Association for Graduate Students (CAGS).

To view the 2016 Finalist presentations please see the School of Graduate Studies 3MT page.