04. 25. 2023

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that UMN graduate student Paulina Eberts took home the second place award at the 2023 Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Three Minute Thesis Competition!

After winning both the First Place and People's Choice Awards at the University of Minnesota's 2022 3-Minute Thesis Competition, Eberts represented the University at the regional competition on March 31, 2023 in Chicago, IL, placing second out of 50 participants. A doctoral student in the chemical engineering program, Eberts' presentation was titled "Decoding blood-brain barrier dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease." The first and second place winners will represent MAGS at the national Council of Graduate School competition on December 6-9, 2023 in Washington D.C.

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Eberts' award-winning slide: "Decoding blood-brain barrier dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease"

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.

Congratulations, Paulina!