The Graduate School hosts its first Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Event

 |  Fall 2016

3 Minute Thesis

Following finals week last spring, the Graduate School hosted its first Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) event! The 3MT competitions are held at public and private institutions around the country and internationally. The event at Hood is open to all current graduate students who have graduated in the last academic year. Participants get one slide and three minutes to share their project or research findings from a wide array of disciplines—from the sciences to the humanities and everything in between.

By all measures, this inaugural event was quite a success! We had roughly 20 applicants from nine of our 20-plus graduate programs. The top 12 abstracts were selected to compete in front of a panel of community judges, their peers and a number of Hood faculty and staff. There were two prize categories, first place and the People’s Choice Award (based on audience vote). Mariam Ashraf took first place with her engaging talk, titled “Optimization of the Saccharification of Sugar Beet Pulp for Application to Commercial Biofuel Production,” and the People’s Choice Award went to Bukola Raji for her dynamic presentation, titled “Developing Protocol for Water Quality Mapping for the Frederick County Health Department using ESRI GIS Arc Map and COP Nitrate Results.”

Our next competition is being planned for May 16, 2017. Stay tuned for details on submitting your abstract for the competition. Remember, if you complete a comprehensive, synthetic research project or paper within this academic year, you are eligible to compete! However, your entry must be original and completed alone—group projects are not acceptable for this event. Also, despite its name, the competition is NOT just for thesis students. We hope to see your entry by the submission deadline of May 5, 2017.


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