UHN Doctoral Trainees Win First and Second Place Prizes in U of T and Provincial Three Minute Thesis Competition
August 14, 2013

 The Three Minute Thesis competition was originally developed in Australia in 2008 and challenges graduate students to “present their research and its wider impact in three minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges.” The task is particularly challenging because participants are allowed only one slide with no animations and a maximum of three minutes to present complex information in a compelling fashion. 

University of Toronto Competition
Ms. Jasdeep Saggar (OCI) and Mr. Abraham Heifets (OCI/Techna) were selected as first and second place winners, respectively, amongst 60 presentations from all graduate divisions (including social sciences & humanities, physical sciences and life sciences) at the University of Toronto (U of T). They then went on to participate at the inaugural Ontario provincial finals alongside student representatives from 16 universities. 
Ontario Competition
1st place winner: Ms. Jasdeep Saggar (OCI)
“Participating in the Three Minute Thesis competition was invigorating. I’ve always been passionate about science communication and was in awe of the positive response from non-specialist audience members who commented that they understood how chemotherapy worked after hearing my talk,” explains Ms. Saggar. She emphasizes that “being able to communicate with a multi-disciplinary audience is crucial for knowledge dissemination and I’m thankful for having received this wonderful opportunity. I’m particularly thankful to my supervisor, Dr. Ian Tannock, for his support and encouragement.” 
2nd place winner: Mr. Abraham Heifets (OCI/Techna)
"Participating was a lot of fun. I appreciate the huge amount of work that it took to organize these competitions. It is rare to have the opportunity to practice describing my work honestly, accurately, simply, and succinctly; I believe that everyone, including researchers, needs these skills to communicate effectively." 
The inaugural 2013 Ontario provincial competition was hosted by Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. Competing students were judged by a panel of non-specialist judges including economist Donald Drummond (author of the Drummond report), Senior Director of Policy and Analysis at the Council of Ontario Universities Peter Gooch, Toronto-based lawyer Hugh Christie, champion marathon swimmer Vicki Keith and Tragically Hip guitarist Rob Baker. 
“I commend the University for acknowledging the need to disseminate research to the greater public audience. I’m humbled by having won and representing U of T and the Department of Medical Biophysics at the provincial level is a privilege” exclaims Saggar. The Council of Ontario Universities donated a silver trophy that will be engraved with Saggar’s name and will be on display at the School of Graduate Studies until next year’s competition. 
Author: Jasdeep Saggar, PhD candidate (OCI)
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