2019 Arts 3 Minute Thesis heat winners

Friday, March 8, 2019

On Friday, March 1st, graduate students from Accounting, Anthropology, English, French, Philosophy, Political Science and Religious Studies convened for the annual Arts Three Minute Thesis (3MT) heat. All the 3MT competitors enriched audience members with thoughtful, engaging presentations. 

The event serves as a great opportunity for students to share their research ideas with their peers and a rapt audience, perfect their ‘elevator pitch’, and convey the significance of their work. This year we were excited to have sixteen graduate students present their research, and from that group, the top two Arts 3MT heat winners advance to the University 3MT competition on Wednesday, March 20.

group 16 graduate students in lecture hall

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Arts 3MT heat:

1st place ($250 cash prize): Kathryn Morrison, Applied Philosophy PhD candidate — The Right to Die for Mature Minors Kathryn’s research examines the prospect of extending Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) eligibility to one of these vulnerable populations, mature minors. Watch Kathryn's 3MT on YouTube.

2nd place ($200 cash prize): Emily Grant, Cognitive Neuroscience PhD candidate — Exploring the restorative effects of… greenspaces?  Emily’s research looks into natural environments and their ability to improve the well-being of individuals living in urban environments. Watch Emily's 3MT on YouTube.

3rd place ($150 cash prize): Michelle Ashburner, Cognitive Psychology PhD candidate — Saving Lives Through Charitable Donations Michelle explores the decision-making behaviour related to charitable donations. Watch Michelle's 3MT on YouTube.

People’s Choice ($100 cash prize): Andriy Struk, Cognitive Neuroscience PhD candidate — Of Fruit Flies and Men: The Role of Genes in Human Foraging Andriy considers how different human genotypes are associated with unique patterns of self-regulations, also similar to those found in the fruit fly. Watch Andriy's 3MT on YouTube.

Are you a graduate student interested in competing next year? Keep an eye out for our social media promotion in January/February 2020 and you could be one of our next winners!

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