U of T 3MT Finals: Kudos & Thank you

Thank you to everyone who participated in and attended the U of T 3MT Finals Competition on April 4, 2019! Despite a power outage that required six contestants to present with neither slide nor microphone, all rose to the occasion and made the event a true celebration of remarkable research, community spirit, and resourcefulness. 

Shane Saunderson (PhD candidate, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering) captured the U of T 3MT title with his presentation “Persuasive Robotics and the Social Machine” (Learn more about Shane’s research here‚Äč.) Shane went on to compete in 3MT Ontario at McMaster University on April 17. Congratulations, Shane!

Shane Saunderson presents at the April 4 U of T 3MT Finals | Photo: Jason Krygier-Baum
Shane Saunderson presents at the April 4 U of T 3MT Finals | Photo: Jason Krygier-Baum

Leah De Jong, a master’s student in Molecular Genetics, earned a strong second place with her presentation, “Using Skin Cells to Understand Genetic Brain Disorders in Rett Syndrome.”

Tying for third place were Ryan Chu, a master’s student from the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) (“Remote Vital Sign Monitoring Using Infrared Depth Cameras”) and Farah Qaiser, a master’s student in Molecular Genetics (“Using DNA sequencing to investigate the connection between Epilepsy and Autism Spectrum Disorder”).

Shelley Vanderhout, a doctoral student in Nutritional Sciences, was the People’s Choice winner with her presentation, “Cow’s milk fat: which is best for children?”

An inspiring Keynote Address by Carol Off (host, CBC Radio’s As it Happens) and talented co-hosting for the evening by Cristina D’Amico and Sarah Simon were a tribute to quick-thinking and top-notch communications skills. Judges Antoinette Gagne, Julia Hannaford, Allan Kaplan, Nana Lee, and Steven Penfold demonstrated both flexibility and grace in extraordinary circumstances.


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