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Three Minute Thesis Finalists Compete on Oct. 29

Three minute thesis finalists seated watching another 3 minute thesis presentation.
Three Minute Thesis finalists from 2018 await their turn to present. (Becky Kirkland photo)

Come out and support our finalists as they compete in the 5th annual Three Minute Thesis on Oct. 29. Ten graduate students representing five NC State colleges will compete for cash prizes as they share their research project in just three minutes.

Three Minute Thesis, an international competition, challenges graduate students to share their research in three minutes with one slide. The finalists were chosen during preliminary rounds held Oct. 8-10.

The 3MT finals will be held in the Hunt Library’s Duke Energy Center, 3-5 p.m. on Oct. 29 with a reception to follow for the finalists and their guests. Tom Stafford, vice chancellor for student affairs emeritus, will be master of ceremonies for the event.

Colleagues and students are encouraged to turn out to support the finalists and learn about their research. Audience members will vote for a “People’s Choice” winner, while a panel of judges will choose first and second place winners.

The 10 finalists, along with their degree programs, are listed below by college.

Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • Reny Mathew, entomology and plant pathology


  • Whitney McLaughlin, counselor education


  • Parth Chansoria, industrial and systems engineering
  • Elvin Hossen, civil, construction and environmental engineering
  • Hafizul Islam, industrial and systems engineering
  • Taylor Neumann, chemical and biomolecular engineering
  • Francisco Jativa, civil, construction and environmental engineering

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Angela Wilhite, English


  • Javier Jimenez, textile engineering, chemistry and science
  • Adhiraj Shinde, textile engineering, chemistry and science

The Three Minute Thesis is free and open to the public. Locate the Hunt Library and nearby parking on this map.

Three Minute Thesis is an academic research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia.

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