11.10.2023 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 10, 2023
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.


Rebecca Butler
Biomedical Engineering Ph.D., College of Science & Engineering
Targeting Tremors Through Deep Brain Stimulation

Jenna Dick
Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer M.D./Ph.D., Medical School
Natural Killer Cells: Powering Up to Fight Malaria

Sarah Gillespie
Developmental Psychology Ph.D., College of Education & Human Development
Ethnic Studies Classes Prepare Students to Thrive in a Diverse Democracy

Shirelle Liu
Psychology Ph.D., College of Liberal Arts
Hidden Hope Inside Addicted Brains

Miranda Medrano
Veterinary Medicine Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine 
Outdoor Pig Farms: What's the Big Squeal?

Douglas Nelson
Pharmaceutics Ph.D., College of Pharmacy
Ironing Out the Causes of Memory Loss in Alzheimer's Brain

Koushik Sampath
Bioproducts and Biosystems Science, Engineering and Management, Ph.D., College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences
“Einstein”ing the Process of Wet to Dry Paper

Aryan Shekarabi
Oral Biology D.D.S./Ph.D., School of Dentistry
That "Gut" Feeling: Maternal Microbial Metabolites’ Role in Neurodevelopment

Anuj Kumar Singh
Chemistry M.S., Swenson College of Science & Engineering (Duluth Campus)
Shaping the Future of Cancer Therapy: Reducing Niclosamide's Side Effects

Jiuzhou Wang
Biostatistics Ph.D., School of Public Health
Decoding Cancer's Hidden Patterns: a New Machine Learning Approach

Peter Winslow
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics Ph.D., College of Biological Sciences
Time Travel in a Test Tube: Exploring Primordial Proteins


  • Dr. Hatice Bilgic Lim, Clinical Program Manager, BD
  • Dr. Jennifer L. Dale, Research Scientist 3, Public Health Laboratory, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Alejandra Peña-Gutiérrez, Director, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota
  • Bo Thao-Urabe, U of MN Regent, Founder and President of Seed. Grow. Bloom LLC
  • Dr. Shaun Williams-Wyche, Associate Director of Research and Data Analysis, Midwestern Higher Education Compact

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