3MT competition set for WIDC

Gene and cell therapies for diabetes. Helping bears one simulation at a time. Effects of gender stereotypes on women's competence and participation in physical activity. Facilitators to military mental health services.

Those are some of the topics that will be presented at the 3MT Three Minute Thesis western regional competition on Wednesday at the Wood Innovation and Design Centre, 1:30 to 3:30 p..m.

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Eighteen graduate students from universities across B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will have three minutes to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers.

Jennifer Coburn, a graduate student in Gender Studies, will represent UNBC with her topic: The "Girl Push-Up:" The Effects of Gender Stereotypes on Women's Competence and Participation in Physical Activity.

Participants are judged on communication, comprehension and engagement.

The winner will advance to the national competition on June 3 and there are prizes awarded to first, second and third-place finishers as well as a people's choice award voted on by the audience, as well as those tuning in on a livestream.

The event is free and open to the public.

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