Thriving in Three Minutes

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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 2020 3MT Winners and Finalists

Jordan pierce, m.s. Oceanography (2020 winner)

Automating the Boring Stuff: Using A.I. to Map Coral Reefs Coral reefs are complex structures that food and refuge for many marine organisms. Jordan’s research uses deep learning and computer vision algorithms to better understand the 3D structure of coral reefs, allowing scientists to assess habitat changes more quickly.

Jordan Pierce

Allison giannotti, Ph.d composition & rhetoric (2020 2nd place)

Becoming Scientists; Students' Literacy Activities in Laboratory Education Allison’s research examines how students in university laboratory courses emerge as competent science communicators through their laboratory coursework. Her findings help inform effective science education.

Allison Giannotti

isaiah paolo atienza lee, ph.d molecular and evolutionary systems biology (2020 3rd place)

Infective Heredity and Infectious Bacteria in Hospitals Everywhere Isaiah’s research makes use of the vast quantities of data generated by widespread DNA sequencing of bacteria to look for patterns in the distribution and exchange of their genes. By using computational methods on these genomic data, we can better understand bacterial populations and their diversity.

isaiah paolo atienza lee

Danial Mirzaiyanrajeh, PH.D Civil & Environmental Engineering (2020 People's Choice)

Exploration of Performance-Based Specifications (PBSS) for Airfield Asphalt Mixtures Innovative materials are increasingly used to improve roads. Danial is working change the way that scientists evaluate these innovative asphalt mixtures.

Danial Mirzaiyanrajeh

kerry dykens, M.S. Oceanography (2020 People's choice runner-up)

Mighty Marine Microbes Kerry is studying marine microbes in order to connect the functions of individual microbes to their genetic makeup. Some of these microbes come from the deep sea, a place where life is thriving in conditions much different than our own.

Kerry Dykens

Annasamy chandrakala, PH.d Agricultural sciences

Training New Hampshire's Grapes New England’s short growing season is a challenge for grape farmers. How can they produce the most nutritious grapes in such a short time? Chandra is studying how different grape varieties respond to different growing methods.

Annasamy Chandrakala

Benjamin Remillard, PH.D History

Race, Relief, and Relationships After the Revolution Historically, we did not know much about Revolutionary War veterans of color. By studying their federal pension applications, Ben found that despite facing economic and social discrimination, veterans of color were important leaders in their communities after the war.

Benjamin Remillard

Richard maximus strahan, M.A Liberal studies

Goodbye and Thanks for All the Fish: The Inevitability of Mass Extinction of Vertebrate Wildlife How can we preserve wildlife habitat and prevent extinction of endangered species? Richard’s work advocates for individual action.

Richard maximus strahan

cecilia paquette, M.A History

The House that Built Lee: The Curious History of Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial Cecilia’s research uses Arlington House, Lee’s home for much of his adult life, to challenge our collective memory and national interpretation of General Robert E. Lee.

cecilia paquette

eliza balch, M.S Natural resources

Taking nitrogen by storm: Insights on nitrogen processing for aquatic ecosystem health Eliza’s research focuses on understanding how nitrogen cycles through reservoirs. Her work will inform reservoir management and help mitigate the effects of nitrogen pollution in our waterways.

eliza balch

nicole abate, M.s integrative and organismal biology

Noise Matters! How Noise Affects Cricket Behavior The noise that we produce can have a profound impact on animals. Nicole studies the impacts of noise on cricket behavior.

nicole abate

Marie-josiane ohoueu, ph.d chemistry

Bacterial Infection: what is the solution to a life threat? MJ uses organic chemistry to find new ways to treat antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or superbugs.

marie-josiane ohoueu

ken windstein, m.s natural resources

Tree bark is alive! How bark fights back against the insects and pathogens that cause beech bark disease The structure of beech tree bark changes as it fights beech bark disease. Ken studies how these changes in bark structure impacts the very insects and fungi that cause beech bark disease.

ken windstein

meghan white, m.s civil and environmental engineering

Impact of Coagulation Pretreatment and Pre-Ozonation on Ceramic Membrane Microfiltration Water re-use technologies are increasingly important in the face of water scarcity and climate change. Meghan studies how to keep these technologies performing efficiently.

meghan white

mingcheng ren, ph.d earth and environmental sciences (nress)

Sustainability and Resiliency of Distributed Residential Solar Photovoltaic Systems How sustainable are rooftop solar panels? Mingcheng’s research uses system dynamics modeling in combination with conventional life cycle assesments to look at the costs and benefits of installing solar panels on your home.

mingcheng ren

sara roccapriore, recreation administration

Identity Beyond Illness Summer camp helps children develop their own identities, but youth with serious illnesses often miss out on the opportunity to go to camp. Sara studies how medically-supervised camps can help youth with serious illness develop identities beyond their illnesses.

sara roccapriore

doug rodoski, mfa fiction

Demons A central theme in Doug’s fictional story, Demons, is the opioid epidemic. Doug’s protagonist, Nick, returns from a US Army deployment in Iraq only to face traumas close to home.

doug rodoski

christina delvaglio, ctrs, lmt, therapeutic recreation administration (recreation, management & policy department)

Forest Therapy & Substance Use Disorder Christina’s research focuses on how forest bathing impacts those recovering from substance use disorders. Forest bathing reduces the stress hormone cortisol, and proved to be a valuable experience to the participants in Christina’s study.

christina delvaglio

anne m. hartwell, ph.d oceanography

Comparing Communities in Warm & Cold Spots Under the Sea Annie’s research investigates how warm spots in cold water impact life on the ocean floor. These warm spots offer a glimpse of what life may be like on the ocean floor in the face of climate change and warming oceans.

anne m. hartwell

Kaitlin van volkom, ph.d marine biology

Habitat Usage by Lobsters and Crabs in Native and Invasive Kelp Beds What happens when your environment changes? Kaitlin studies how vegetation changes in the Gulf of Maine impact commercially important species like lobsters and crabs.

Kaitlin Van Volkom