The Graduate School announces the winners of the 6th Annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition
Vrishali Salian, a doctoral student in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics program took home the First Place Award at the event on Friday, November 12. Salian will represent the University of Minnesota at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3-Minute Thesis competition in Spring 2022.
Doctoral student Walter Wu from the College of Liberal Arts - Psychology 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:
- 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
Watch all of the participants' presentations:
Courtney Boucher, Doctoral student
Kinesiology, College of Education & Human Development
Katie Cassidy, Masters student
Water Resources Science, Duluth Campus
Yaling Liu, Doctoral Student
Mechanical Engineering, College of Science & Engineering
Marissa Milstein, Doctoral Student
Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine
Taz Mueller, Doctoral Student
Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, College of Biological Sciences
Jack Rabe, MASTERS Student
Conservation Sciences, College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences
Zack Roloff, Doctoral Student
Rehabilitation Science, Medical School
Vrishali Salian, Doctoral Student
Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy
Walter Wu, Doctoral Student
Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
3MT: Recognition of Regent Her
The Graduate School recognizes and honors former UMN Regent Kao Ly Ilean Her, who passed away earlier this year from complications due to COVID-19, for her support of the University-wide Three-Minute Thesis competition.
Regent Her was a passionate supporter of graduate education and a tireless advocate of fostering an inclusive culture that values the diversity of the University community. She served as a judge for both the 2019 and 2020 Three-Minute Thesis competitions. In addition to her support of the 3MT competition, Regent Her participated in numerous Graduate School events to celebrate the achievements of graduate students from diverse backgrounds. We are grateful for the contributions Regent Her made to graduate education and to the entire University community. She is sorely missed.