2016 Three Minute Thesis Winners and Finalists
The Graduate School hosted the second annual 3 Minute Thesis competition in October 2016 at the Duke Energy Center of Hunt Library. The first and second place winners were from engineering, and the People’s Choice winner was from entomology and plant pathology.
The competition challenges Ph.D. students to share their research projects in just three minutes. The top two winners were selected from among 10 finalists by a panel of judges, and the audience members voted for the People’s Choice winner. Below, winners share their experience and offer advice on preparing for the event.
Gilbert Castillo, First Place
"It's very important to be able to explain your research in 3 minutes in a way that is easy to understand and conveys the general goal of your project. Whether you are explaining it to the general public or your boss. Being able to talk about my research a few minutes has been very helpful for job interviews as well."
Res Orgut, Second Place
"It is an amazing opportunity to test your skills in distilling and clearly conveying the key message of your (years-long) research. At every you get great feedback from a group very knowledgeable people. All in all it's a fun and exciting experience to be a part of."
Sophia Webster, People's Choice
"The 3MT competition is an excellent way to practice communicating your research to a broad audience in an engaging and fun manner. It is unlike any other research talk or poster presentation you will have to give as a graduate student, however it will prepare you even better than these traditional talks for future endeavors."
2016 3MT Finalists
"Three Minute Thesis is a great exercise to sit down and really think concisely about why your research matters in your field, in academia or in the world."
"Three Minute Thesis is the best opportunity to talk about your great job in a very limited time."
"3MT Thesis is a great platform for sharing the research ideas and results with general people which also helps the presenter to be a better communicator. It is important to share our research findings with the mass people and nothing can be than 3MT stage to spread our knowledge."
"Three Minute Thesis helped me to simplify my communication of my research, and it made me feel more comfortable in my exit seminar, with more than 30 minutes, that's a lot of time!"
"The 3 Minute Thesis is an amazing exhibition of knowledge and 'how to' communicate knowledge. It is not just a wonderful platform for sharing your own research in the most comprehensive way to people of all spectrum but also an opportunity to learn the same from the bests in the graduate school."
All 10 finalists and their presentation topics were:
Shams Al-Amin, Sustainable Water Management for Shared Resources. Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, Emily Z. Berglund.
Ali Almalki, Evaluation, Assessment and Enhancement of the Highway Maintenance Planning Process with a Focus on Funding Allocation Optimization. Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, William Rasdorf.
Gilbert Castillo, Functional Coatings for Polymers. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Jan Genzer.
Michael Fisher, Microbes of the Common Bed Bug: It’s the Little Things that Matter. Entomology and Plant Pathology, Wes Watson and Coby Schal.
Tanvir Khan, Renewable Energy Resource Sharing in a Neighborhood. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iqbal Husain and Aranya Chakrabortty.
Res Orgut, Metrics that Matter. Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, Edward J. Jaselskis.
Sayed Mashaheet, Ozone Sensitivity: ‘The Plant’s Asthma.’ Entomology and Plant Pathology, David Marshall.
Ben Randall, Knockout Fainting: Mathematical Modeling of Autonomic Nervous System Function to Detect Patients with Orthostatic Intolerance. Mathematics, Mette Olufsen.
Sophia Webster, Gene Drive in the Zika Mosquito Aedes Aegypti. Entomology and Plant Pathology, Maxwell J. Scott.
Atefeh Zamani, Liquefication Mitigation with MICP. Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, Brina Montoya.