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2023 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

group of student presenters standing on stage in front of screen

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.

Review presenter abstracts (requires Drexel login to Microsoft Office 365).

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.

Thursday, April 20, 4 to 5 p.m. ET
Mitchell Auditorium

Watch the Recording [YouTube]

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition Presenters

Mansour Altayyar, MBBS, MBS
PhD Program in Nutrition Sciences
College of Nursing and Health Professions
Re-fueling The Brain: A Single Case Study on The Acute Effect of Ketones on The Cognitive Brain


Hussein O. Badr
PhD Program in Materials Science and Engineering
College of Engineering
Titanium Oxide Nanostructures – Scalable Synthesis, Characterization, Properties, and Potential Applications


Christina Besada
PhD Program in Pharmacology and Physiology
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
College of Medicine

Novel Tools for the Treatment of Addiction


Akanksha Bhatnagar
PhD Program in Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
Alzheimer’s Disease: Switching the genes ON


Emeka Chikelu
PhD Program in Biomedical Engineering
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Collagen Nanoyarns: New Love Interest for Heartbroken Tendons


Martha C. Coates, MSN, RN, CRNP
PhD Program in Nursing
College of Nursing and Health Professions
Polypharmacy and the Symptom Experience of Older Adults with and without Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias


Maryam Daniali
PhD Program in Computer Science
College of Computing and Informatics
When AI "Sees" It Wrong: Understanding Weaknesses and Building Robustness in Vision


Anne E. Glenney
MD Program
College of Medicine
Social Support Correlates with Self Image and Maintenance of Weight Loss Following Body Contouring Procedures


Aline T. Hoang
MD Program
College of Medicine
Combating Destructive Autoimmune Complications of Life-Saving Cancer Immunotherapy


Michael Johnson, Jr., PhD
Diversity Resident Librarian
Drexel University Libraries

Deirdre McMahon, PhD
Assistant Dean of Online Education, Graduate College
Teaching Professor, Department of English & Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences

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

Ruocun (John) Wang, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
College of Engineering