From the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS):
Shanthanu Krishna Kumar, a master’s student in plant agriculture from the University of Guelph, has won both first place and the People’s Choice Award. It is the first time that has happened in the national competition, which is going into its fifth year.
Krishna Kumar’s presentation dealt with lengthening the shelf life of fruit using hexanal, a natural plant-derived compound. He explained how the process worked and its potential impact on food supply – particularly in developing countries.
“He was able to connect with his audience about why they should care and how his research will affect the lives of farmers and consumers around the world,” said Tragically Hip’s Rob Baker, who has judged the national competition for the past two years. “Experiencing his enthusiasm encouraged the audience to follow him through the science.”
Second place went to University of Toronto grad student Richard Kil. His presentation explained his research using baker's yeast to create and effective and economical blood test for disease in the developing world.
More than 6,000 people voted in this year’s Canada's 3Minute Thesis. The competition gets bigger and better every year.
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