2021 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 26, 2021.  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 $500.  Additionally, $250 was awarded to the Runner-Up.

The final competition was judged by Dr. Judy Yin Shih, Retired Mental Health Clinician and Health Policy Analyst, Dr. Kimo Ah Yun, Acting Provost, Marquette University; Kelly McShane, Trustee at Marquette University; and Ms. Devi Shastri, Statewide Higher Education Reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Congratulations to this year's winner Adam Knier and runner-up Joey Avila!

Adam Knier, a doctoral student in Biological Sciences, emerged as the Three Minute Thesis competition winner with his presentation, “Potential Oxidative Protection from Transthyretin Amyloidosis (ATTR)”.  Adam will move on to represent Marquette University at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools regional competition.

The Runner-Up was awarded to Joey Avila, a doctoral student in Biomedical Engineering, with his presentation, "Crashing into Spine Safety".

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. 

First Place Winner: Adam Knier - Biological Sciences

Thesis: Potential Oxidative Protection from Transthyretin Amyloidosis (ATTR)

Runner-Up Winner: Joey Avila - Biomedical Engineering

Thesis: Crashing into Spine Safety

Jesey Gopez - Psychology

Thesis: The Beginning of Friendship: Teaching Individuals to Identify Common Interests

Xie Jiayu - Electrical and Computer Engineering

Thesis: Predictions for Robots: So, What’s Next?

Nasim Maghboli Balasjin - Biological Sciences

Thesis: Plant Growth: Promoting Bacteria that Contribute to the Success of Cold Tolerant Rice

Timothy Radke - Electrical and Computer Engineering

Thesis: Keeping UAVs Safe Through Hardware Security