What: Three Minute Thesis final
Who: UBCO graduate students, faculty, researchers, staff and members of the public
When: Tuesday, March 29, from noon to 1:30 pm
Venue: Hosted on Zoom
Media are invited to attend UBC Okanagan’s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) final. The popular competition returns March 29 in a live virtual format, hosted by former TV personality Rick Webber.
After winning previous rounds, seven graduate students will take the virtual stage to compete for their share of $6,000 in prize money. Their challenge? To captivate the audience and impress the panel of judges while explaining their master’s or doctoral research in just three minutes.
Graduate student competitors include:
- Leslie Shayer
Shayer’s research focuses on the impact of contemplative pedagogy on math anxiety at the post-secondary level.
- Hammad Ahmad
Ahmad’s research focuses on life cycle assessment of natural fibre-based biocomposites for sustainable construction.
- Maya Pilin
Pilin’s research focuses on young adults’ thoughts and feelings about alcohol use.
- Jocelyn Schroeder
Schroeder’s research involves the development of a survey to examine Canadian nursing students’ attitudes toward and willingness to participate in Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying program).
- Stef Ashton
Ashton’s research aims to improve RCMP responses to intimate partner violence through the use of virtual reality training.
- Jacqueline Barnett
Barnett’s research aims to understand what, if any, impact dietary levels of popular weed killer Roundup® are having on gut microbiomes and behaviour across generations.
- Shirley Yang
Yang’s research focuses on the physiological roles of intercellular signalling molecules on glial cells, non-neuronal cells in the central nervous system, in neurodegenerative diseases.
Dr. Lisa Tobber with the School of Engineering will begin this year’s event with a presentation titled “Taller, greener, and stronger: Engineering resilient cities.” Her presentation will highlight some of the research conducted at UBC Okanagan to develop strong and sustainable tall buildings to enhance the resiliency of growing cities.
As audience members learn about the graduate research happening in the Okanagan, they will also be invited to vote for the winner of the people’s choice award.
Developed by The University of Queensland in 2008, 3MT competitions are now held in more than 900 universities across 80 countries worldwide.
To register or find out more about the 3MT, visit: gradstudies.ok.ubc.ca/ubco-3mt-final-2022