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 2019 3MT Winners and Finalists

Sydney birch, ph.d molecular and evolutionary systems biology (2019 Winner)

Investigating the sensory systems of Ectopleura larva. Sydney's research is focused on understanding how a jellyfish-like animal called Ectopleura senses the environment and what sensory cues trigger metamorphosis. Ultimately this understanding will be used to help preven Ectopleura from clogging aquaculture nets.

Sydney birch

Zane relethford, ph.d chemistry (2019 2nd place & people's choice)

Metal-Free CO2 Transformation. Zane's research focuses on converting carbon dioxide into more useful and less damaging molecules, and doing so in more sustainable ways, using earth-abundant metals or no metal at all.

Zane relethford

Katherine ineson, Ph.d NRESS (2019 3rd place)

Can Little Brown Bats Recover From White-Nose Syndrome? The little brown bat population has been nearly wiped out by the fungal disease white-nose syndrome. Katherine's research estimates current demographic rates to better understand disease impacts and develop conservation strategies that will promote population recovery.

katherine ineson

Meghan hartwick, ph.d molecular and evolution systems biology

Forecasting Vibrio parahaemolyticus Risk in a Changing Climate. With the emergence of disease-causing strains of Vp in the Northeast, effective forecasting methods are needed to help protect our public health and local shell fisheries. Meghan Hartwick's research integrates the ecology and genomics of Vp to develop pre-harvest Vp risk models for the Great Bay Estuary in a changing climate.

meghan hartwick

caroline kanaskie, M.s. Natural Resources

Southern Pine Beetle on the Move: What's Happening in the Expanded Range? Caroline studies the southern pine beetle and the associated insect community in the beetle's expanding range. Her work will inform management practices that aim to protect New England's rare pitch pine ecosystems.

caroline kanaskie

Lia tosiello, M.S. NREN environmental conservation

Health on the Half Shell. Lia's research is on New Hampshire's management of food safety in oysters.

lia tosiello

elizabeth bright, Ph.D Chemistry

Adventures in Nanoknitting. Elizabeth is working on tools to build protein-inspired nanostructures.

elizabeth bright

Allison giannoti, Ph.d english compostition

A Process-Based Investigation of Students' Laboratory Responses. Allison's research focuses on debunking the myth that scientists can't write. By surveying the composing practices of emerging scientists, she examines the rhetorically savvy ways in which scientists translate experiments into written documents.

allison giannoti

Jennifer spillane, ph.d molecular and evolutionary systems biology

Uncovering the Root of Our Family Tree. Jennifer studies the first animals that evolved hundreds of millions of years ago. She compares the DNA of animals alive today to find what it can tell us about the ancestral animal.

Jennifer spillane

joshua t. smith, ph.d molecular and evolutionary systems biology

Are Deadly Pathogens Lurking in Dog Kisses? Joshua's research studies the evolutionary history of Staphylococcus genus to look at patterns of host switching and horizontal gene transfer of antibiotic resistance genes.

joshua t. smith

bennett thompson, m.s. natural resources

Soil Microbes: The Solution to Nitrogen Pollution? Bennett studies how farmers can work with soil microbes to fertilize their crops and reduce nitrogen pollution from agriculture.

bennett thompson