Congratulations to SFU's 2021 3MT Winners

May 05, 2021

While this year's SFU-wide Three Minute Thesis Competition was held virtually, the competitors were extremely strong. The three judges: Catherine Dauvergne, Vice-President, Academic and Provost; Dugan O'Neil, Vice-President, Research and International; and, Diana Hunter, President, SFU Postdoctoral Association, had a difficult time ranking the presentations.

Finalists were selected from heats conducted earlier in:

  • Faculty of Applied Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Environment
  • Faculty of Science

And, for the first time, a western final competition was held in French. In collaboration with the Association Francophone pour le Savoir (Acfas), the University of Alberta (U of A), the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University's Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs, "My thesis in 180 seconds" (MT180) on May 5, 2021. Manon Picard, a biology doctoral student in the Faculty of Science will be moving to the National Final.

We are pleased to announce our three winners:

First Place

  • Em is a doctoral student in biology and is focused on the role of marine animal in recycling nutrients. [NSERC CGS-D (2023), NSERC CGS-M (2020), and BC Graduate Scholarship (2020)]

Second Place

  • Erin is a master's student who is researching fainting. (CIHR CGS Masters Scholarship)

Third Place & People's Choice

  • Nic is a Biomedical Engineering Science master’s student working on a very sensitive magnetic field sensor that used to detect the tiny fields your brain produces.

Western Regional Competition

Em will be moving to the next round of competition: 3MT Western Regionals, held this year at Athabasca University.

You can help cheer Em on by registering to join the virutal event on May 13, 2021.

Meet the Finalists

Missed the event? You can watch all the recorded presentations by the 2021 Finalists.

Watch the Presentations