3MT 2017: Alexandra Kasper
SFU's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) finals this year took place on March 27th, 2017 in the Big Data Hub Theatre. Alexandra Kasper presented "Work-Speed-Accuracy Tradeoffs in Molecular Machines". She emerged as this year's champion.
Alexandra is a Master's student in the Physics program, specializing in theoretical biophysics with a focus on the statistics of molecular motors. As a graduate student under the supervision of Dr. David Sivak, she is the recipient of the CD Nelson Memorial Graduate Entrance Scholarship and NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship.
As an undergraduate, she completed her honours thesis at McMaster University in the Honours Integrated Science program, which emphasizes collaborative research and science communication. Her thesis under the supervision of Dr. Kari Dalnoki-Veress led to the publication of The effects of viscosity on the undulatory swimming dynamics of C. elegans.
Since high school, Alexandra has been passionate about scientific communication and science education. She currently serves as the SFU Site Coordinator for Let's Talk Science, an outreach program that encourages youth to engage in STEM fields, where she both volunteers and trains volunteers to deliver hands-on science activities to students of all ages.
Upon completing her Master's in August 2017, Alexandra plans to combine her passion for computer programming and science education by developing resources to help teachers bring coding into their science classrooms.
One take, one static slide, no props.
Just 3 minutes and the power of the spoken word.
3MT is an unparalleled interdisciplinary opportunity for you to hear about the interesting research that's taking place around the university, as well as to pick up some presentation techniques from some of the best graduate student presenters at SFU — and all in 3-minute segments.