3MT: Three Minute Thesis

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The Graduate College is pleased to sponsor the Sixth Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition for graduate-student researchers. This annual event is an opportunity for students to build their communication skills by creatively describing their research in ways that make it relatable and relevant to a non-specialist audience. One static slide may be used while speaking for up to three minutes. Timelines and guidelines are listed below. Enjoy the videos of past award winners’ presentations, or an entire final round of competition.


2021 Awardees

Winner:

Njeshi Charity Nya

Major: Toxicology

Presentation: Drug Development for the Treatment of Onchocerciasis (River Blindness)

Runner Up:

Abesh Bera

Major: Microbiology

Presentation: Remote Spatial Coordination within Cytoskeleton Regulates Timing of Cell Division

People’s Choice Award:

Carlos Llosa

Major: Statistics

Presentation: Suicide Risk Assessment

Final Round Participants

Name Major Presentation Title
Swathy Krishna Genetics and Genomics Does a High-Fat High Sugar Diet Make Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Worse?
Kate Borchardt Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ISU Prairie Strip Honey: Status and Future Directions
Holly Loper Microbiology Novel Field Study to Measure Environmental Nitrogen Losses from Maize
Rachel Sorensen Toxicology Possible Problems with Puny Plastic Particles
Abesh Bera Microbiology Remote Spatial Coordination within Cytoskeleton Regulates Timing of Cell Division
Carlos Llosa Statistics Suicide Risk Assessment
Meghan Gage Neuroscience Epilepsy: Disease Mitigation via Neuroinflammatory Pathways
Charity Njeshi Nya Toxicology Drug Development for the Treatment of Onchocerciasis (River Blindness)

Participation Timeline

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What is 3MT?

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Eligibility

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Prizes

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Judging Criteria

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Presentation Feedback

For feedback on your 3MT slide or the speech you are planning to incorporate into your 3MT presentation, please make an appointment with a writing consultant at the Center for Communication Excellence.

Contact

3MT Committee (3mtcompetition@iastate.edu):
Sarah Huffman
Denise Vrchota
Misty Treanor
Sarah Igram