Lister Family Engaged Science 3-Minute Thesis Competition

Since 2017, the Lister Family Engaged Science Initiative and SKILLSETS have combined efforts to support the Lister Family Engaged Science 3-Minute Thesis Competition. This event, along with its pre-training program, is focused on helping Macdonald Campus graduate students learn how to communicate their science in a compelling, accessible manner to a general audience.

Macdonald Campus graduate student competitors will present their research in 3 minutes to a non-specialist audience with one non-animated slide (Competition Rules). Thanks to the generous support of the Lister Family Engaged Science Initiative, the following prizes will be offered at our 2023 competition: First place - $750; Second place - $500; Third place - $250; People’s Choice Award - $250. 

Join the livestream!

Wednesday November 29, 2023

The Competition will be held from 16h00 to 17h30, followed by a Meet & Greet with Competitors from 17h30 to 18h00.

Order of Proceedings

4:00 PM - Welcome and Introductions
4:10 PM - 3MT Presentations
5:00 PM - Judges Retire to Deliberate / Q&A with Contestants
5:15 PM - Announcement of the Winners
5:30 PM - Thanks and Invitation to the Meet & Greet
6:00PM - End of the event

Location: Centennial Centre Ballroom (2nd floor) or join us for the livestream!

McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respect the Kanien’kehà:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.                                                                                                                          

Event Moderator:

Andrew Churchill

Dr. Andrew Churchill
Presentation Skills Training Manager, Teaching & Learning Services, McGill University


Jean-Benoit Charron

Dr. Jean-Benoit Charron
Associate Dean (Graduate Education), Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences


Jasmine Muszik
PhD candidate, Animal Science & 2022 1st place Winner of the Lister Family Engaged Science 3MT Competition


Katherine Pagnucco

Dr. Katherine Pagnucco
Professor (Biology Department), John Abbott College



Derrick Kpakpo Allotey

Derrick Kpakpo Allotey, PhD candidate, Bioresource Engineering
From Pea to Burger: Addressing the Issue of Taste, Sustainably
Supervisor: Dr. Ebenezer Kwofie

Gillian Cameron

Gillian Cameron, PhD candidate, Natural Resource Sciences
Evolve, Rinse, Repeat: The Evolution of Copper Resistance in Legionella pneumophila
Supervisor: Dr. Sebastien P. Faucher

Olivia Clapp

Olivia Clapp, MSc student, Plant Science
Spilling the Beans on Soil Carbon Sequestration
Supervisor: Dr. Valerio Hoyos-Villegas


Arusha Flemming

Arusha Fleming, MSc student, Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry
What Gets Bacteria Up in the Morning?
Supervisor: Dr. Xiaonan Lu


Tongzhu Meng

Tongzhu Meng, PhD candidate, School of Human Nutrition
Why Bitter Matters
Supervisor: Dr. Daiva Nielsen

Maria Najeeb

Maria Najeeb, PhD candidate, Natural Resource Sciences
Evolutionary Odyssey of Legionella
Supervisor: Dr. Sebastien P. Faucher

Sheida Rezaei

Sheida Rezaei, PhD candidate, Bioresource Engineering
The Icy Journey of Humidity: The Cool Science of HVAC Snowmaking
Supervisor: Dr. Mark Lefsrud

Mehtab Singh

Mehtab Singh, PhD candidate, Plant Science
Making Oats Punctual
Supervisor: Dr. Jaswinder Singh


Ruth Sitienei

Ruth Sitienei, PhD candidate, Bioresource Engineering
Beefing Up Soil Carbon through Manure Application
Supervisor: Dr. Zhiming Qi





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