11. 13. 2023
Koushik Sampath presenting at the 3MT Competition

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the winners of the 8th Annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Koushik Sampath, a doctoral student in the College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences and Bioproducts and Biosystems Science, Engineering and Management program took home the First Place Award at the event on Friday, November 10. Sampath will represent the University of Minnesota at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3-Minute Thesis competition in Spring 2024.

Doctoral student Miranda Medrano from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medicine program, received the Second Place Award, and Doctoral student Anuj Kumar Singh from the Swenson College of Science & Engineering (Duluth Campus), Chemistry program, received the People's Choice Award.

The Three-Minute Thesis Competition challenges graduate students to present their research in just 180 seconds, in a way that can be understood by an intelligent audience with no background in the subject. This competition helps our graduate students develop presentation and communication skills; the benefits of preparing for a three-minute thesis competition are valuable regardless of career path, degree objective, or discipline. Participants are allowed to refer to one, static slide during their presentations, but may not use any other props or media.

All of the 2023 University-Wide 3MT Competition Participants

Special thanks goes to this year's judges:

  • 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

Watch all of the participants' presentations:

Rebecca Butler

Targeting Tremors Through Deep Brain Stimulation

Biomedical Engineering Ph.D., College of Science & Engineering

Jenna Dick

Natural Killer Cells: Powering Up to Fight Malaria

Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer M.D./Ph.D., Medical School

Sarah Gillespie

Ethnic Studies Classes Prepare Students to Thrive in a Diverse Democracy

Developmental Psychology Ph.D., College of Education & Human Development

Shirelle Liu

Hidden Hope Inside Addicted Brains

Psychology Ph.D., College of Liberal Arts

Miranda Medrano

Outdoor Pig Farms: What's the Big Squeal?

Veterinary Medicine Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine

Douglas Nelson

Ironing Out the Causes of Memory Loss in Alzheimer's Brain

Pharmaceutics Ph.D., College of Pharmacy

Koushik Sampath

“Einstein”ing the Process of Wet to Dry Paper

Bioproducts and Biosystems Science, Engineering and Management, Ph.D., College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences

Aryan Shekarabi

That "Gut" Feeling: Maternal Microbial Metabolites’ Role in Neurodevelopment

Oral Biology D.D.S./Ph.D., School of Dentistry

Anuj Kumar Singh

Shaping the Future of Cancer Therapy: Reducing Niclosamide's Side Effects

Chemistry M.S., Swenson College of Science & Engineering (Duluth Campus)

Jiuzhou Wang

Decoding Cancer's Hidden Patterns: a New Machine Learning Approach

Biostatistics Ph.D., School of Public Health

Peter Winslow

Time Travel in a Test Tube: Exploring Primordial Proteins

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics Ph.D., College of Biological Sciences

Watch the competition in its entirety