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Graduate Students Compete in 8th Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition on Oct. 25.

2019 NC State 3MT
Dean Peter Harries addresses the audience as Three Minute Thesis finalists from 2019 await their turn to present. (Becky Kirkland photo)

The research of ten NC State graduate students takes center stage on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in Hunt Library’s Duke Energy Hall as they compete in the 8th Annual Three Minute Thesis competition hosted by the Graduate School. 

First held at The University of Queensland in 2008, the 3MT competition celebrates the exciting research being conducted at universities worldwide and seeks to cultivate students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. 

Preliminary competitions were held Oct. 3-5, where judges heard from 40 masters and doctoral students on a wide array of research topics. The ten finalists chosen represent six colleges at NC State. They will compete for cash prizes and a chance to represent NC State at the Conference of Southern Graduate School’s regional 3MT competition.

“Trying to distill two years of research as a master’s student or five years as a doctoral student into a three-minute presentation with one slide is challenging,” said Peter Harries, Dean of the NC State Graduate School. “It is so inspiring to see students impart the importance of their work, the relevance to broader issues, and getting to hear about the great research that’s happening at NC State within the context of the 3MT competition. It’s a way the NC State community and those from outside the institution can access a portion of the incredible research being undertaken by graduate students.”  

Tom Stafford, vice chancellor for student affairs emeritus, will be the master of ceremonies for this year’s competition. Colleagues, students, and the community at large are encouraged to attend. Audience members will also get to vote for a “People’s Choice” winner while a panel of judges selects first and second-place winners.

Come out and support our finalists as they compete on Oct. 25, 3-5 p.m., in the Hunt Library’s Duke Energy Hall.  

The ten finalists and their degree programs are listed below by college.

Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • Lily Kile: crop and soil sciences


  • James East: civil, construction and environmental engineering
  • Adam Schmidt: civil, construction and environmental engineering

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Robyn Hope: communication, rhetoric and digital media
  • Shima Hosseininasab: public history


  • Morgan Maly: biological sciences


  • Suh Hee Cook: textile engineering, chemistry and science
  • Ana Musialak: textile and apparel, technology and management
  • Kowshik Saha: textile and apparel, technology and management

Veterinary Medicine

  • Ankita Gupta: clinical sciences

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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