Nov 22, 2023  |  10:00am - 11:00am

LMP 3MT: student success

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For learners enrolled in programs in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology.

The 3MT (or 3-Minute Thesis) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia in 2008. It is you, your research project, one slide and 3 minutes. You are communicating to a non-scientific audience about why you’re doing your research and what you hope to achieve with it.

Join graduate students as they share their experiences of the 3MT competition and share their advice. Each student will dissect their 3MT entry and share how they developed it.

You may submit questions in advance via the registration form, or bring them to the live zoom session.

Hosted by 3MT expert, Dr. Laurent Bozec, this online session aims to help prepare LMP learners for entering the LMP 3MT in Fall 2023, and/or the U of T competition in Spring 2024. Any LMP learner may attend, regardless of whether you intend to enter a competition.

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The Panel

Atefeh Mohammadi, PhD Candidate in LMP

I am a 3rd year PhD student at the Department of Lab Medicine and Pathobiology studying lung disease in premature babies.

I was the winner of the University of Toronto 3 Minute Thesis competition in 2022 for my talk titled ‘Lung Disease in Premature Babies: Are Watermelons the Answer?’.

This incredible opportunity allowed me to develop my oral and science communication skills and learn how to effectively describe my research to a general audience in only 3 minutes. This was one of the most fun and rewarding experiences during my time as a graduate student and I would highly encourage all LMP students to take part in our department-wide 3MT competition.

Ain Kim, PhD Candidate in LMP

I am a 4th year PhD student studying the biochemical and morphological phenotypes of cytopathological alpha-synuclein in Lewy body disease and multiple system atrophy. My interdisciplinary study involves the combination of biochemistry, neuropathology and artificial intelligence-based methods, which led me to realize the importance of scientific communication between different fields.

I participated in the 3MT competition at the University of Toronto, securing a generous research fund from a donor who learned about my research through my interview with the Toronto Star.

My 3MT experience has sparked an interest in promoting scientific communication at the University of Toronto and I am currently working with various groups at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine to bring down barriers between the scientific and non-scientific groups, and within the scientific community.

Diego Proaño, PhD candidate in the Faculty of Dentistry

I am a 3rd year PhD student in the dental public health specialty program at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. My research aims to analyze financial hardship among Canadians paying out-of-pocket for dental care.

I am the 2023 three-minute thesis (3MT) winner of the Faculty of Dentistry with my talk on “A smile but at what cost?”. 

The 3MT competition is an incredible journey. It starts with the will to express a complex research idea into a three-minute story and ends up as a communication skill gained to be used anywhere. Participating in the 3MT competition is essential to better express your research idea in a simple, digestible, and entertaining way – so that more people are able to understand what you want to do and why.