Farah Qaiser, 3MT Tie for Third Place Winner
Hi! I'm Farah Qaiser. I'm a graduate student at the University of Toronto's Molecular Genetics department, where I use whole genome sequencing to better understand the underlying genetics of complex neurological disorders.
Outside of the lab, I like to dabble in various science communication initiatives. So when I came across UofT's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, I couldn't resist the challenge of explaining my challenge accessibly in three minutes — and signed up immediately with a friend!
In the 3MT competition, you have three minutes to describe your research using one (yes, only one) static slide to complement your words. It's challenging, but fun. Preparing for the competition included designing the ‘perfect’ slide, incorporating feedback from my lab members, and practicing my pitch repeatedly.
I was very surprised to advance from the qualifying rounds, to the semi-finals, the finals, and then tie for third place overall in the competition. What made my experience significantly better was the fact that my friend (Leah De Jong) made it all the way through with me, and then to second place!
So will you enter the 3MT competition next year - and which friend are you going to invite along to join you in this journey?