11.12.2021 at 10:00 - 11:30am
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The 3-Minute Thesis (3MT®) challenges students to communicate the significance of their projects without the use of props or industry jargon, in just three minutes. The competition develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and help students' learn to quickly explain their research to a non-specialist audience leaving them wanting to know more.

Date: Friday, November 12, 2021
Time: Presentations: 10 a.m. | Winner Selected & Announced: 11-11:30 a.m.
Place: Virtual via Zoom

The student selected as the winner will represent the University of Minnesota at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3-Minute Thesis competition. In addition, participants will be invited to present their research at an upcoming Board of Regents meeting.


Courtney Boucher
Kinesiology, Ph.D., College of Education & Human Development

Who hires women coaches? Holding athletic directors accountable

Katie Cassidy
Water Resources Science, M.S., Duluth Campus
Environmental Impacts of the Application of Potassium Acetate as a Deicer

Yaling Liu
Mechanical Engineering, College of Science & Engineering

Transparent Solar Panel: Luminescent Solar Concentrator

Marissa Milstein
Veterinary Medicine, Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine
Understanding Pathogen Spillover from Wildlife to Humans in the Amazon

Taz Mueller
Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Ph.D., College of Biological Sciences
Using Leaf Microbes to Untangle the Five Drivers of Community Assembly

Jack Rabe
Conservation Sciences, M.S., College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences
Age Isn’t Just a Number: Why Different Predators Killing Different Elk Matters

Zack Roloff
Rehabilitation Science, Ph.D., Medical School
Disrupting the Super-Relaxed State of Myosin through Physical Activity

Vrishali Salian
Pharmaceutics, Ph.D., College of Pharmacy
Identifying Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease: An Attempt to Color Lives

Walter Wu
Psychology, Ph.D., College of Liberal Arts
Pandemic, Visual Impairment, and Social Isolation


  • Dylan Galos, Ph.D., Senior Evaluator, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Sue Gens, Executive Director, Minnesota State Arts Board
  • Mike O. Kenyanya, U of MN Regent, Consulting Analyst, Accenture
  • Mark Kief, Ph.D., Senior Director and Technologist, Seagate Technology
  • Yagna Pathak, Ph.D., Staff Research Scientist, Applied Research, Abbott Neuromodulation

We invite you to check out the presentations from last year’s participants