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, 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.

Jovana Milosavljevic Ardeljan

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.

Devon O'Rourke

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?

Kaitlyn Belknap

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.

Allison Gianotti

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.

Andrea Jilling

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.

Mia Phillips

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.

Kiley Remiszewski

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.

Myles Lynch

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?

Te-Hsin Chang

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.

Kate Slater

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.

Logan Maxwell

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.

Jaclyn Robidoux