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Highlights from the 2021 Western Regional Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition

An 80,000-word thesis would take nine hours to present—but for 17 graduate students from across Western Canada, it came down to just three minutes.

On May 13th AU hosted the virtual Western Regional 3MT competition. Over 200 people attended the live event to watch graduate students who had won their local 3MT competitions at universities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to be crowned the 2021 3MT Western Regional Winner

Missed the live event? Watch the recording on AU's YouTube channel

The judges were tasked with the difficult job of selecting the winner and runner-up who were:

1st Place:

Em Lim

Masters of Science, Simon Fraser University

 

“Where Does Animal pee Matter Most?”

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Runner-up:

Michael Allison

Master of Biochemistry, University of Victoria

 

“Investigating Oolichan: Assessing Species Health with Molecular Tools”

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People's Choice:

Tebogo Thandie Leepile

Ph.D. in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

 

“MyData_MyVoice: Prevalence of Anemia among San Women and Young Children in Rural Botswana”

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This event would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors!

2021 competitors

Ahmad Karimi

Master of Biomedical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan

 

“Just Like Popping Popcorn in a Microwave: Oxygen Plasma Treatment”

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Michael Allison

Master of Biochemistry, University of Victoria

 

“Investigating Oolichan: Assessing Species Health with Molecular Tools”

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Whitney Blaisdell

Master of Education program, University of Regina

 

“(Re)claiming Play: An Individual and Community Movement Towards Playfulness”

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Ada Chukwudozie

Master's in Development Practice: Indigenous Development, University of Winnipeg

 

“Exploring the Idea of “Land Back” as the Answer to Achieving Sustainable Self-Determination”

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Kristina Molin Cherneski

Ph.D., History, University of Alberta

 

“Pockets, Petticoats and Privacy”

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Claudia Rodriguez Diaz

Master of Science in Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge

 

“What Role do Different Calcium Channels have in Learning and Memory?”

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Kate Dunn

Doctorate in Social Sciences, Royal Roads University

 

“Bringing Life to Liver Wellness Through Wisdom Seeking Conversations”

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Kristi Gordon

Master of Science in Environmental Science, Thompson Rivers University

 

“Can Management-intensive Cattle Grazing Help Restore Invaded Rangelands?”

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Laura Janiaski

Master of Science in Environmental and Life Sciences, Brandon University

 

“Do Microplastics Affect our Health?”

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Nolan De Leon

Master of Science, The University of Manitoba

 

“Circular Ribonucleic Acid (circRNA) as an Indicator of Prenatal Health”

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Tebogo Thandie Leepile

Ph.D. in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

 

“MyData_MyVoice: Prevalence of Anemia among San Women and Young Children in Rural Botswana”

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Em Lim

Masters of Science, Simon Fraser University

 

“Where Does Animal pee Matter Most?”

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Ella Parker

Master of Science, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, University of Northern British Columbia

 

“Linking School-Based Monitoring to Land and Water Decision-Making”

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Chantal Rytz

PhD in Medical Sciences, University of Calgary

 

“Estrogen Hormone Therapy in Transgender Women: Opening the Door to Options”

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Robyn Thomas

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program, University of British Columbia, Okanagan

 

"Developing the Role of the Volunteer in Supporting Family Caregivers of Children Living with Medical Complexity: A Delphi Study"

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Ryan West

Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Vancouver Island University

 

“Dancing Between Traditions: A Critical Autoethnographic Reflection of Learning Systems Using the Metaphor of Athabaskan Fiddle Music”

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Jiun-yi Zullo

Master of Nursing program, Athabasca University

 

“Occupational Disappointment in Emergency Department Nurses as a Result of Verbal Abuse”

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Check back regularly for more information about competitors as they’re confirmed!

Judges

Sarah Chan

AU alumni, Co-Founder and CEO of Chan-Pabillano

 
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Ryan Jespersen

Ryan Jespersen, Host of Real Talk, Edmonton’s online talk radio show

 
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Dr. Scott Ketcheson

Canada Research Chair in Hydrological Sustainability

 
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Colleen Powell

Mayor, Town of Athabasca

 
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Meaghan Sullivan

Executive Director Athabasca University Graduate Students' Association

 
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Dr. Mickey Vallee

Canada Research Chair in Community, Identity, and Digital Media

 
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Watch this space for more updates!