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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 2017 3MT Winners and Finalists

Drummond Biles, a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, took home first place with his presentation on the efficiency of internal combustion engines.

Meagan Wengrove, a PhD student in Ocean Engineering, achieved second place with her presentation on the effects sand ripples have on our coastal areas.

Ryan Stephens, a PhD student in Natural Resources, was awarded third place for his presentation on the role small mammals play in maintaining forest health.


Holland Prior, a MFA Nonfiction Writing student, took home the People's Choice Award with her presentation on the roles of women in the church over time.

Abby Carroll, a PhD student in Earth and Environmental Science, presented possible reasons why global warming might trigger a dwarfing response in mammals.

Ian Gagnon, an MS student in Mech. Engineering, presented his work with a tidal turbine and its ability to generate predictable, carbon free electricity.


Jovana Milosavljevic Ardeljan, a PhD student in Education, described the critical communication skills students need to succeed after graduation.

Pegah Jarast, a PhD student in Civil Engineering, described her research on the use of soil stregth properties when designing foundations.

Joseph Jensen, a PhD student in Physics, explained his research on space weather effects on earth and how to better predict dangerous space weather.


Mayumi Kimura, a Master's student in Social Work, stressed the importance of hospice social workers especially among vulnerable populations.

Myles Lynch, a PhD student in Education, focused on the intersection between motivation and creativity in the workplace and re-imagining how we work.