2019 Three Minute Thesis Competition

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Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Event Recap

The Graduate School and Marquette University held the 3MT® competition on February 22, 2019.  The Three Minute Thesis is a global research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland in Australia.  It is an academic competition for doctoral and master’s degree students that require each participant to explain his or her research effectively in three minutes, using one slide, with no animation.

After competing in a qualifying round, the finalists were chosen to compete for the coveted prize of $1,000.  Additionally, $500 was awarded to the Runner-Up and the audience voted for the People’s Choice winner who was also awarded $500. 

The preliminary round was judged by Dr. Gary Krenz, Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science; Dr. Deirdre Dempsey, Department of Theology; and Rev. Thomas Schwarz, J.J., PhD, Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science

The final competition was judged by Dr. Kimo Ah Yun, Acting Provost, Marquette University; Keith Stanley, Executive Director  Avenues West and the Near West Side Partners; and Kelly McShane, Trustee at Marquette University and Mayor Tom Barrett.

Congratulations to this year's winner Eileen Baker and runner-up Nicholas Benn

Eileen Baker and Mayor Tom BarrettEileen Baker (pictured left with Mayor Tom Barrett), a doctoral student in the Biomedical Engineering program, emerged as the Three Minute Thesis competition winner with her presentation, “Design and Evaluation of a Novel Achilles Tendonitis".  Eileen will move on to represent Marquette University at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools regional competition in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Runner-Up was awarded to Mr. Nicholas Benn, a doctoral student Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering program, with his presentation, "Bioplastic to Biogas".

The People's Choice award went to Lauren Sara, CTRH doctoral student with presentation "Finding the Achilles' Heel in Chronic Achilles Tendonitis".

Congratulations and thank you to our winners and competitors from this year’s competition!  It was incredible to learn about the research from our graduate students. 

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First Place Winner: Eileen Baker- Biomedical Engineering

Thesis: Design & Evaluation of a Novel Ankle Joint 

Runner-Up Winner: Nicholas Benn- Civil & Construction & Environmental Engineering

Thesis: Bioplastic to Biogas

People's Choice Winner: Lauren Sara- Clinical & Translational Rehabilitation Health Science

Thesis: Finding the Achilles Heel ​in Chronic Achilles Tendonitis​

Nicholas Sepulveda- Biological Sciences

Thesis: Sex Cells: Temperature Stress Weakens Male Fertility​

Olawunmi George- Computational Sciences

Thesis: Veteran Health Through Technology

Saba Seyedi- Civil & Construction & Environmental Engineering

Thesis:Renewable Energy from Wastewater

Tyechia Price- History

Thesis: The Material Witness: A Wearable Story of Chinese Women in the Late 20th Century​

Maha Baalbaki- Clinical Psychology

Thesis: Activism Among Black Women

Jordan Trinka- Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science

Thesis: A Method to Predict Time-Sensitive Disasters

Audra Kramer- Biological Sciences

Thesis: Targeting Circuitry in the Spinal Cord

Anmol Paudel- Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science

Thesis: Accelerating Geo-Spatial Computation with High Performance Computing