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2024 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

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About the Competition

Drexel's Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition follows the guidelines of the global phenomenon, Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition, founded by the University of Queensland. The international competition, in which over 600 universities and institutions across more than 59 countries participate, emphasizes presenting research within a three-minute time limit, using only a static PowerPoint slide, and in a jargon-free language understood by an audience of non-specialists. Through this, students are able to enhance their academic presentation and research communication skills, while their work is able to reach a broader audience. All Drexel professional doctorate and PhD candidates are eligible to enter.

Check out the competition rules and some award-winning Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) presentations.

Guests who attend the in-person competition will have the opportunity to vote for People's Choice. In addition, winners are eligible to go on to regional, national and international competitions.

3MT - Three Minute Thesis - Founded by the University of Queensland

Thursday, April 25, 4 to 5 p.m. EDT
Mitchell Auditorium

Watch the Competition [YouTube]

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition Presenters

Tyler Andres-Bray
PhD Program in Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Ecology and Culture: Environmental Drivers of Chimpanzee Tool-Assisted Insect Consumption

Pedram Bazrafshan
PhD Program in Civil Engineering
College of Engineering
Vision-based method for damage level quantification of concrete structures

Elizabeth Espinal
PhD Program in Clinical Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Forget forgetting: Sleep neurophysiology as a biomarker for memory success, dysfunction, and everything in between

Juting Huang
PhD Program in Business Administration, Accounting
LeBow College of Business
CEO Overconfidence and Nonfinancial Misconduct

Xinge Li
PhD Program in Business Administration, Marketing
LeBow College of Business
Smartphones (vs. PCs) Strengthen the Belief of "You Get What You Pay For"

Kyle Matthews - People's Choice Award

PhD Program in Materials Science & Engineering
College of Engineering
MXene Inc. - Quality MXenes at Scale

Laura Miller
PhD Program in Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
To Lay or Not to Lay: Identifying the Cellular Pathways Behind Reproductive Variation in Highly Social Paper Wasps

Zarrar Nashman - President's Award for Best Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)
MD Program
College of Medicine
Brain Repair from Organoids Generated from iPSCs

Hayley O’Donnell
PhD Program in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
What can Brain Injury tell us about Cognitive Flexibility?

Kevin Ludwin Ramirez Chavez
PhD Program in Biomedical Engineering
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Beyond the Lab: Exploring How Environments Shape our Neural and Bodily Responses

Kaustubh Sudhakar
PhD Program in Materials Sciences and Engineering
College of Engineering
Ripplocations in Layered Materials

Youngdai Won
PhD Program in Business Administration, Marketing
LeBow College of Business
Does "Falcon" or "Batman" in Advertising Help? The Impact of Zoomorphism on Consumer Preferences

Internal members may view student research abstracts via SharePoint.


Aroutis N. Foster, PhD
Interim Dean
Professor of Learning Technologies
School of Education
Drexel University


Michael H. Mittelman, OD '80, MPH, MBA, FAAO, FACHE
Salus University


Elisabeth J. Van Bockstaele, PhD
Chief Strategy Officer
Senior Vice President for Graduate & Online Education
Dean, Graduate College
Founding Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology
College of Medicine
Drexel University