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Thriving in Three Minutes


Can you explain your thesis in 3 minutes with just one PowerPoint slide? That was the recent challenge for a group of 19 master’s and PhD students who competed in the UNH Graduate School’s second annual 3 Minute Thesis Competition.

The 3MT challenges students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. The competition celebrates the discoveries made by research students and encourages their skill in communicating the importance of research to the broader community. Check out the video below for a look into the 3MT experience.


Congratulations to the 2018 3MT Winners and Finalists

Jovana Milosavljevic Ardeljan, PhD Education (2018 Winner)

Effective Communication: Skills for Succeeding in Academia and Beyond. Jovana's research is on interdisciplinary, graduate-level programs that help students learn to write and orally communicate more effectively to different audiences for different purposes.


Devon O'Rourke, PhD, Molecular and Evolution Systems Biology (2018 2nd place)

Genomics of White-Nose Syndrome Resistance. Why do some bats get white nose syndrome while others don’t. The answer may lie in their recognition of the disease in the first place.


Kaitlyn Belknap, M.S. Genetics (2018 3rd place & Peoples Choice)

Could Bear Sh*t Cure Cancer? Gut bacteria produces chemicals that can cure cancer. My research focuses on specific gut bacteria that can cure cancer. Alaskan bears eat specific medicinal plants that can be used to cure cancer.


Allison Gianotti, PhD. English: Composition Studies

This Body Called 'Thing. My research investigates the language used in documents to solicit clinical trial participants. It suggests that such language objectifies patients' bodies, which has the potential to foster undue manipulation.


Andrea Jilling, PhD Earth and Environmental Sciences

Unlocking a hidden source of nitrogen in agricultural soils. To grow a healthy and productive crop you need fertilizer. 50% of fertilizers are not absorbed by plants because farmers are not always aware of how much fertilizer they need for crop success. Meaning, the farmers use too much fertilizer and overcompensate. Nitrogen may provide a secret ingredient into helping more effective and productive fertilizer use for crop success and a reduce costs to farmers.


Mia Phillips, M.S. Biological Sciences: Integrative and Organismal Biology

The Effects of Vibrational Noise on a Soil-Dwelling Insect. Noise pollution is a problem and can change animal behavior. Many insects communicate using vibrations underground. This research focuses on how noise pollution may impact insect communication.


Kiley Remiszewski, PhD. Earth and Environmental Sciences

Fungal weathering: impacts on nutrient cycling and opportunities for teaching complex systems. How effective two fungi are at weathering and releasing nutrients. Complex systems of tree roots and fungi present a great opportunity for education and understanding complexity.


Myles Lynch, PhD Education

Outdoor education as a force for 21st century learning: Creativity, divergent thinking, and motivation. Summer camp is a collaborative, communal, and natural setting that may help to support creativity among participants.


Te-Hsin Chang, PhD Education

Dare to Care? An Exploration of Student-Teacher Caring Relationships. Oftentimes teachers say they care about students but what do the students think? Is there is a disconnect between student and teacher caring relationships?


Kate Slater, PhD Education

Creating Belonging, Building Connection: The Experiences of Minority Students in a Summer Bridge Program. Minority students have a harder time adjusting to college. Summer bridge programs may not only help minority students adjust but also help them reach graduation.


Logan Maxwell, MS Natural Resources: Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Fighting against the rising tides: The adaptive potential of Saltmarsh and Nelson's Sparrows. Animals are going extinct at a rapid rate, understanding adaptive potentials could help us save the next animals in line.


Jaclyn Robidoux, M.S. Marine Biology

Diversifying New England Sea Vegetable Aquaculture. Edible seaweed NORI grows in the gulf of Maine – my research focuses on trying to grow seaweed in lab like conditions. This will allow growers to scale up their operations and in doing so will allow for more stability in the local food system.