The final round of UNCG’s Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT, competition is Tues., Nov. 17, and you don’t want to miss it! Where else can you learn about rodent behavior, teaching students with disabilities, and the Nuremberg Trials in one sitting?

Graduate students from across all disciplines have accepted the ultimate challenge – to explain their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation in an engaging way to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. They are armed with their knowledge and just one PowerPoint slide.

The competition is tough. Thirty-three students entered the preliminary round of the competition, and only nine remain. Those nine students will present their three minute presentations to a panel of judges and an audience from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. The event is free and open to the public.

The following students will compete in the final round of the 3MT competition:

  • Vincent Sica, a chemistry and bio chemistry doctoral student, will present “Six weeks to six seconds: Accelerating natural product drug discovery.”
  • Kara Holden, a specialized education services doctoral student, will present “Marshmallows, technology and coaching: Improving academic achievement for students with disabilities.”
  • Joseph Ross, a history doctoral student, will present “Judging Nuremberg: Creating the Internal Military Tribunal’s human rights legacy in America and beyond.”
  • Jed Diekfuss, a kinesiology doctoral student, will present “Attention and fMRI: How the brain changes with practice.”
  • Angela Larson, a biology doctoral student, will present “How do habitat changes impact rodent behavior, populations and community structure?”
  • Karen Thomas, a music education doctoral student will present “It’s all about those patterns: Do they help kids learn music?”
  • Jason Needham, a biology master’s student, will present “The fickle nature of Epstein-Barr Virus.”
  • Melissa Bocci, an educational leadership and cultural foundations doctoral student, will present “’You see us so much more’: Youth participatory action research and Lationo students’ critical agency.”
  • Catherine French, an interior architecture master’s student, will present “The preservation of historic character during neighborhood revitalization.”

The event will be judged by Dr. Marianne LeGreco, Dean Priddy Jr., Jackie Copeland, Dr. JoAnne Safrit and Dr. Ginger Hinton. The audience will vote on a people’s choice award.

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Story by Jeanie Groh, University Relations