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2020 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition took place synchronously via Zoom on Day 2 of the conference, Thursday, April 23, 2020, 1:15 - 1:45 PM EDT.

Recordings are accessible to internal Drexel students, postdocs, faculty and professional staff via the Graduate College SharePoint and require a Drexel login to access.

See 2020 Award Recipients

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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.

Awards for first place and People's Choice will be distributed at a virtual awards ceremony. In addition, winners are eligible to go on to regional, national and international competitions.


Thursday, April 23, 2020 

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition Presenters

Swathi Jagannath
PhD Program, Information Science, College of Computing and Informatics

Time is Life: Managing Delays in Emergency Medical Scenarios

Bridget Milorey
PhD Program, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Applying Spectroscopic Techniques for Structural Analysis of Short Peptides


Erin O'Brien
PhD Program, Biomedical Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Harnessing the Pro-Inflammatory Macrophage Response to Promote Healing


Md Rasheduzzaman
PhD Program, Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
Pathogens in Building Water Systems: From Control to Eradication


Luis Rebollar Tercero
PhD Program, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
Kinetic Isotope Effects Quantify pH-Sensitive Water Dynamics at the Pt Electrode Interface


Asia Sarycheva
PhD Program, Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
Raman Spectroscopy Reveals the Effect of Synthesis Conditions on Ti3C2Tx


Dienye Tolofari
PhD Program, Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
Full Factorial Study of Plumbing Pipe Material, Diameter, and Water Use Frequency on Water Quality


Pramodkumar Yadav
PhD Program, Finance, Bennett S. LeBow College of Business
Is Mutual Fund Family Retirement Money Smart?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition Judges

Amelia Boss, JD
Trustee Professor of Law
Kline School of Law

Nadine Ezzat, MBA
Associate Vice President of Marketing
Drexel University Online 

Robert Palisano, PT, ScD, FAPTA
Associate Dean, PhD Programs and Faculty Development
Distinguished Professor
Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Nursing and Health Professions

Aleister J. Saunders, PhD
Executive Vice Provost for Research and Innovation
Professor, Department of Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

Ronald Smith, PhD '85
Drexel Alumni and Former Drexel Reseach Faculty Member
Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
Founder and President of S-Bond Technologies

Valerie Tutwiler, PhD '17, BS/MS '13
Drexel Alumni, Biomedical Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Co- Founder, Drexel Emerging Graduate Scholars Conference
Elected Director, Drexel University Board of Governors
Postdoctoral Fellow, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania