11. 16. 2020
Persephone Ma, 3-Minute thesis competition winnter banner

The Graduate School announces the winners of the 5th Annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Persephone Ma, a doctoral student in the College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences Land and Atmospheric Science program took home the First Place Award at the event on Friday, November 13. Ma will represent the University of Minnesota at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3-Minute Thesis competition in Spring 2021.

Doctoral student Rui Zhong from the College of Pharmacy - Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology program received the Second Place Award and 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.

Special thanks goes to this year's judges:

  • Dr. Katherine Crawford Luber, Director and President, Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Dr. Jokho Farah, Chief Information Officer and Chief Quality Officer, People's Center Clinics and Services
  • Kao Ly Ilean Her, University of Minnesota Regent, Chief Executive Officer of the Hmong Elders Center
  • Thor Hong, International Relations Analyst, US Department of Labor
  • Dr. Josephine Martin, Senior Manager, International Regulatory Affairs, Cepheid

Watch all of the participants' presentations:

Sloan Okrey Anderson, Doctoral Student

Faithful Affirmation: A Study of LGBT Adults and Their Relationships With Christian Parents

Family Social Science, College of Education & Human Development

Jessica Deere, Doctoral Student

Fish as Indicators of Ecosystem Health: Assessing the Impact of Contaminants of Emerging Concern

Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine

Persephone Ma, Doctoral Student

Sewage Sludge Incinerator Ash as a Recycled Phosphorus Source

Land and Atmospheric Science, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Rui Zhong, Doctoral Student

Clearing Blood Vessel Traffic to Defeat Alzheimer’s Disease

Experimental & Clinical Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy

Yali Zhang, Doctoral Student

Nanometer-sized Interconnect: Joints in Future Communication Circuits

Electrical Engineering, College of Science & Engineering

Watch the competition in its entirety