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OHIO graduate students showcase their research at 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition

From staff reports | Mar 6, 2018
The winners of the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition from left to right: Cassandra Thompson, Sharif Wahab and Silvana Duran Ortiz.
The winners of the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition from left to right: Cassandra Thompson, Sharif Wahab and Silvana Duran Ortiz. Photo credit: Evan Leonard/Ohio University.


Eight graduate students demonstrated their research communication skills during Ohio University’s third annual 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition Feb. 21.

Three students took home honors in the contest, which challenges students to describe their theses to the general public in just three minutes with only one slide as a visual aid.

The winners were:

First place: Silvana Duran Ortiz, doctoral student in molecular and cellular biology, “Can we extend life- and health-span by decreasing growth hormone action?.” Advisor: John Kopchick, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Ortiz also won the People’s Choice Award for doctoral student presentation.

Second place: Cassandra Thompson, master’s student in biological sciences, “Withering Waters and Teetering Temperatures: How one frog copes with pool permanency.” Advisor: Viorel Popescu, College of Arts and Sciences.

Third place: Sharif Wahab, master’s student in environmental studies, “Effectiveness of Online Portal for Climate Adaptation Knowledge Diffusion.” Advisor: Derek Kauneckis, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Wahab also won the People’s Choice award for master’s student presentation.

The event also featured presentations by five other graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Fine Arts and Russ College of Engineering and Technology: Basil Masri Zada, Mersad Raeisi, Ali Rafiei Miandashti, Pratik Shriwas, and Sk Abu Talha. 

The eight students were finalists chosen by judges during two semi-final rounds of presentations held during the week of Feb. 12. A total of 16 graduate students gave talks about their research and scholarship.

A video playlist of 2018 presentations may be viewed on the Ohio University YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc5HDc8x36w&list=PL_R81k8jK4l6ocK4RRfGKedQAzV0doPNT.

The event was sponsored by the Graduate College to help students learn to effectively present their work to audiences outside of their area of specialization. The 3MT® competition, developed by The University of Queensland in 2008, is held at more than 600 universities and institutions in 63 countries, according to the 3MT® website.

The judges of the competition were Steve Patterson, mayor, City of Athens; Kelee Riesbeck , director of content, University Advancement; Elizabeth Sayrs, interim executive vice-president and provost; and Joseph Shields, vice president for research and dean, Graduate College.