Peterborough's Stephen McCarthy is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto studying novel ways to treat Ebola and HIV.
The former St. Peter's Secondary School student ('05) and Trent University grad ('09) will be competing at a contest at Western University on his research findings.
It's called "Three Minute Thesis" contest, and McCarthy will be sharing his research to a broad audience—in three minutes or less—at provincial finals at Western April 23rd.
McCarthy beat out 14 other PhD candidates during the final round of the third annual Three Minute Thesis competition at the University of Toronto to get to the finals at Western.
The competition asks doctoral candidates nearing completion of their thesis to explain their research in less than three minutes, with no more than a single PowerPoint slide for a visual aid.
McCarthy sees the competition as a chance not just to share research results, but also to drive future research. He also hopes his work will serve as inspiration for current high school students to pursue the Sciences after graduation.
You can watch live streaming of the contest April 23rd here.