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  • Writer's pictureAndrew MacIntosh

Meet our Hiraku 3MT Champion 2020 - Kenneth Keuk!

Updated: Jun 9, 2021

"Kenneth's blend of wit, cheese and science will be forever engrained in the annals of great science communication."

- quote by Andrew MacIntosh, this afternoon, to nobody in particular

HIRAKU* - Home for Innovative Researchers and Academic Knowledge Users - has been running a 3-minute thesis (3MT) competition in both Japanese and English for doctoral candidates nationwide over the past few years. This year, to our delight, it was and will be conducted virtually due to COVID-19 constraints, allowing a broader participant pool.

Based on video submissions, our very own Kenneth Keuk was advanced to the final stage of the competition (!!), which will be held on Saturday, November 21st, 2020. Go Kenneth! Details can be found in the HIRAKU 3MT competition flyer and on their event website.

UPDATE: To the delight of all of us here at the Primate Research Institute - and for a few bragging rights within the MacIntosh lab itself (!!) - Kenneth took home the grand prize at the HIRAKU 3MT event this year! Not only that, he also grabbed the sponsorship award from Springer-Nature. WELL DONE, SIR!

You can see Kenneth's winning speech here on YouTube, and the entire English Finals here, which is followed by discussion with all finalists and lastly the awards ceremony itself.

One bonus note: fellow PRI graduate student Vanessa Gris also won one of the sponsorship awards

*HIRAKU is a consortium of institutions led by Hiroshima University aimed at developing human resources in science and technology. You can visit their website to learn more.

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