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, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., Molecular and Evolution Systems Biology (2018 2nd place)
Devon O'Rourke's research studies the 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 & People's Choice)
Kaitlyn's research focuses on specific gut bacteria that can cure cancer. Gut bacteria produces chemicals that can cure cancer. Alaskan bears eat specific medicinal plants that can be used to cure cancer. So, Could Bear Sh*t Cure Cancer?
Allison Gianotti, Ph.D., English: Composition Studies
This Body Called 'Thing'. Allison's 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, Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Sciences
Andrea's research looks to unlock a hidden source of nitrogen in agricultural soils, and asks whether nitrogen may provide a secret ingredient to more effective and productive fertilizer use for crop success with reduced costs to farmers.
Mia Phillips, M.S., Biological Sciences: Integrative and Organismal Biology
Noise pollution is a problem and can change animal behavior. Many insects communicate using vibrations underground. Mia's research focuses on how noise pollution may impact insect communication.
Kiley Remiszewski, Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Sciences
Complex systems of tree roots and fungi present a great opportunity for education and understanding complexity. For example, it can help us understand how fungal weathering may impact nutrient cycling, or how effective fungi are at weathering and releasing nutrients.
Myles Lynch, Ph.D., Education
Outdoor education is a force for 21st century learning. It inspires and nurtures creativity, divergent thinking, and motivation. In this way, summer camp can be seen as a collaborative, communal, and natural setting that may help to support creativity among participants.
Te-Hsin Chang, Ph.D., Education
Teachers often say they care about students, but what do the students think? Is there is a disconnect between student and teacher caring relationships?
Kate Slater, Ph.D., Education
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, M.S., Natural Resources: Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Animals are going extinct at a rapid rate. Understanding the adaptive potential of Saltmarsh and Nelson's Sparrows could help us save the next animals in line.
Jaclyn Robidoux, M.S., Marine Biology
Edible seaweed, nori, grows in the Gulf of Maine; Jaclyn's research focuses on trying to grow seaweed in lab-like conditions, which will allow growers to scale up operations for more stability in the local food system.