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Global Health Student Wins Dean’s Award For Excellence in 3MT®competition

Global Health Student Wins Dean’s Award For Excellence in 3MT®competition

MSc Global Health students Gautham Krishnaraj and Sherald Sanchez.

February 24, 2017

Yesterday, two MSc Global Health program students, Gautham Krishnaraj and Sherald Sanchez, participated in McMaster's Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. Krishnaraj made it through to the finals and won second place overall, with the Dean's Award for Excellence in Communicating Research.

“’What's your thesis on?’ is probably the number one question I get asked on a day-to-day basis,” says Krishnaraj. “And now I'm always ready with the perfect pitch!”

Krishnaraj’s thesis research, which has involved working with McMaster’s Humanitarian Health Ethics Research Group, centres on the issue of palliative care within humanitarian contexts. "It’s so easy to get lost in the minutiae of your research and the 3MT helps you to regain perspective and remember why what you're doing is important and relevant,” he says.

“Presenting a project that’s 80-200 pages long in 3 minutes is a huge challenge, especially for us thesis students who can talk about our research for days on end,” says Sanchez, whose thesis is focused on the impact of refugee resettlement policies on the health and well-being of Syrian refugee women resettled in Canada.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a university-wide competition that challenges grad students to present complex research in an engaging, accessible, compelling way – in just three short minutes.