UChicagoGRAD hosted the University of Chicago’s second annual Three Minute Thesis competition on May 17, 2019

Three Minute Thesis, also known as 3MT, is a public speaking competition originally developed by the University of Queensland. The 3MT competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students at the University of Chicago and provides a forum for cultivating academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

In a 3MT competition, you have three minutes to present your original thesis research with only one static slide. Sound difficult? It is! By taking part in a 3MT competition, you have a chance not only to practice your skills in public speaking. You also gain practical experience in how to condense the broad strokes of your research into a clear, concise, and exciting format.

UChicagoGRAD would like to congratulate the winners of the 2019 Three Minute Thesis Competition:

Overall Winner

Andrés Moya-Rodríguez, PhD program in Biophysical Sciences, “Why Does it Clot? Recreating Patients’ Veins in the Lab”

PhD Category

First Runner-Up: Eszter Ronai, PhD program in Linguistics, “Exploring the Complexity of Languages”

Second Runner-Up: Ittai Eres, PhD program in Human Genetics, “What actually separates me from a chimpanzee?”

Master’s Category

First Runner-Up: Adina D. Feinstein, Master of Science Program in the Physical Sciences, “eleanor: A software package to find new planets across the sky with the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)

Second Runner-Up: Shelby James, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, “The Road to Nowhere: Cormac McCarthy’s Alternative to the Progress Narrative”

People’s Choice Award

Katie Rhodes, PhD student in Human Genetics, “Sommelier of Cell Types”