11.11.2022 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 11, 2022
Time: Presentations: 10 a.m. | Winner Selected & Announced: 11-11:30 a.m.
Place: Coffman Memorial Union Theater (room 110)


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.


Nichole Angell
Water Resources Science, M.S., College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences
Is an ounce of prevention really worth a pound of cure?

Emily Coffey
Comparative and Molecular Biosciences, Ph.D., Veterinary Medicine
The Urinary Microbiome & Urinary Stone Disease in Dogs

Paulina Eberts
Chemical Engineering, Ph.D., College of Science and Engineering
Decoding Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease

Alyssa Lantz
Experimental & Clinical Pharmacology, Ph.D., College of Pharmacy
Improving HIV prevention medications in women using female genital tissue

Apoorva Limaye
Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (MPaT), Ph.D., Medical School
Unraveling protein dynamics to facilitate rational drug designing

Vishruthi Manickavasagan
Civil Engineering, M.S., Duluth Campus
Optimizing Asphalt Mixture Design for Low-Volume Roads in Cold Climate Areas

Shanley Roach
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, Ph.D., College of Biological Sciences
Clearing hurdles: studying how viruses evolve and transmit to new species

Yi Ni Toh
Psychology, Ph.D., College of Liberal Arts
Ping! When Distraction Improves Attention


  • Merrie Benasutti, Coordinator of Community Partnerships, Office for Public Engagement, University of Minnesota
  • Caroline Churchill, Owner, Churchill Consulting, LLC
  • Mike O. Kenyanya, Regent, University of Minnesota
  • Nicole MartinRogers, Research Scientist, Wilder Foundation
  • Adair Mosley, Chief Executive Officer, African American Leadership Forum

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