Three Minute Thesis Awards

ProQuest is the sponsor of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) 3MT awards and offers these scholars recognition and support as they advance in their careers.   

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition originated in Queensland, Australia. The idea came about at a time when the state of Queensland was suffering severe drought. To conserve water, residents were encouraged to time their showers, and many people had a three-minute egg timer fixed to the wall in their bathroom. The objective is to cultivate student's presentation and research communication skills so they can effectively explain their research in three minutes. Learn more.

Distinguished Dissertations Three Minute Thesis

2020 3MT Awardees

Regional Name Institution 3MT Title Dissertation Title Degree & Subject Award
NAGS  Erica Graham University at Albany  How Close is Too Close? Mechanical Analysis of a Heterogeneously Integrated Silicon Photonic Interposer Pursuing a PhD in Nano Engineering *** WINNER****
CSGS Allison Mercer-Smith UNC Chapel Hill Turning Skin Cells into Cancer-Killers Tumor-homing cytotoxic induced neural stem cells for the treatment of primary and metastatic non-small cell lung cancer Pursuing an MD/PhD with completion of my PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences in summer 2021 and MD in spring 2023. Regional Winner and Finalist
CSGS Mahsa Lofti-Marchoobeh  University of Arkansas-Fayetteville A Miniaturized Neural Probe for Simultaneous Detection of Chemicals in the Brain Electroanalysis of dopamine by redox cycling at a microfabricated probe suitable for in vivo measurements PhD in chemistry and biochemistry/analytical chemistry Regional Winner and Finalist
MAGS Megan R. Lafollette  Purdue University Tickling Rats for Superior Science Positive Human-Animal Interactions with Rats In The Laboratory: Increasing Implementation Of Best Practices To Improve Animal Welfare PhD In Animal Sciences, Animal Behavior & Well-Being Specialization. Earned In May 2020. Regional Winner and Finalist
MAGS  Varadha Balaji Venkadakrishnan Cleveland State University PKN1 is an Alternative Target in Advanced Prostate Cancer PKN1 is a novel therapeutic target to block serum response factor-dependent androgen receptor action in advanced prostate cancer PhD in Regulatory Biology Regional Winner and Finalist
NAGS  Amalia Gil University of Toronto Identifying Distractions in Surgery with Eye Tracking Developing a Method of Identifying Distractions in Surgery with Eye-Tracking Technology Master of Health Science, Clinical Engineering Regional Winner and Finalist
NAGS  Katherine Kurtz Villanova University Deviant Bodies: Representations of Female Monstrosity Deviant Bodies: Toward a Feminist Aesthetics of Monstrosity Pursuing a PhD in Philosophy Regional Winner and Finalist
WAGS Katie Murphy University of California Davis Feeling Sick: How Corn Makes its Own Medicine Form and Function of Diterpenoids in Maize (Zea mays) PhD in Plant Biology, Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology Regional Winner and Finalist
WAGS Ayumi Manawadu Washington State University The "Bridge Doctor" Mechanics and Durability of Shotcrete-Concrete Interface Bond Doctoral Candidate in Civil Engineering (Structural) Regional Winner and Finalist