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Kansas State University's Three Minute Thesis Competition


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The Graduate School hosted K-State's third annual 3MT® competition in February 2018. Preliminary competitions, or heats, were held February 13. Top presenters from each heat were selected by judges to move forward to the final competition on February 27. From the final competition, a judging panel selected first and second place presenters, and a people's choice award winner was selected by the audience. The first place presenter represented K-State at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools(MAGS) 3MT® Competition in April.

2018 Winners

1st place: Dave Hoffman - Counseling and Student Development, PhD - Purple Stride: Prospective Engineering Students and First-Year Retention

2nd place AND People's Choice: Tennecia Dacass - Economics, PhD - Intergenerational Effects of Mass Incarceration

Missed the action? View the full 2018 final competition here.

2018 Final Competition Participants
Catherine SteelePsychology, PhDDiet-Induced Impulsivity
Vinicius PerinAgronomy, MSNitrogen Fertilizer: When to Apply Urea?
Nethali FernandoMathematics, PhDGoing from "a" to "b"
Tennecia DacassEconomics, PhDIntergenerational Effects of Mass Incarceration
Rachel WilkinsEntomology, MSFeeding the World by Implementing Robust Management 
Programs for Insect Pests after Crop Harvest
Dave HoffmanCounseling and Student 
Development, PhD
Purple Stride: Prospective Engineering Students and First-Year Retention
Gabriela MagossiFood Science, MSFrom Dust to Dinner: Salmonella in Feed Mills
Sam SharpeBiology, PhDThinking Like a Thirsty Plant
2018 Heat Competition Participants

Heat 1

2:45pm, presentations begin
3094 Business Building
Meng DingGeography, MAA Study of Distribution and Storage for Global
Lakes and Reservoirs 
Heather BanisterKinesiology, MSMission to Mars: The Importance of Cardiorespiratory
Function on Critical Mission Tasks
Thiwanka FernandoMathematics, PhDGoing from "a" to "b" 
Marshall HayAgronomy, PhDHelping Farmers through the Land Grant Promise 
Gabriela MagossiFood Science, MS From Dust to Dinner: Salmonella in Feed Mills 
Jakki ForesterCommunication Studies, MA Queer Communities in the Flint Hills Region of
Kansas Communicating Concerns of Mental Health 
Preston MorganHuman Ecology, PhDCouples and Depressive Symptoms over Time 
Simran BawaBiochemistry, PhDHealthy Muscle for Happy Life: Understanding the
Importance of Muscle Maintenance 
Nelson WalkerStatistics, MSWhen Location Matters in Statistical Analyses 

Heat 2

2:45pm, presentations begin
3096 Business Building
Manaf SellakEconomics, PhDDo Trade Agreements Reduce the Intensity of Conflict
Catherine SteelePsychology, PhDDiet-Induced Impulsivity
Anju GiriAgronomy, PhDProducing More Wheat Using Less Water
Sam SharpeBiology, PhDThinking Like a Thirsty Plant
Grace CraigieEntomology, PhDFantastic Pests and How to Find Them
Keely GrossnickleMathematics, PhDSome Holes in Mathematics
Hojjat FallahiElectical EngineeringMicrowaves Defeat Diseases
Nicoleta PloscariuBiohcemistry, PhDCrazy Like a Fox: Immunology Lessons from Staph Bacteria
Brintha Parasumman GirinathanGenetics, PhDAntibiotics - A Double-Edged Sword
Garrett LovoyKinesiology, MSSleep Apnea: Getting to the Heart of the Problem 

Heat 3

4:15pm, presentations begin
3094 Business Building
Krishani PereraBiomedical Science, MSCoronavirus Meets its Nemesis
Javier KiyunaPlanth Pathology, MSDanger on Move
Tennecia DacassEconomics, PhDIntergenerational Effects of Mass Incarceration
Rafael Eidi MaeokaAgronomy, MSAre Modern Wheat Varieties More Responsive
to In-Furrow Fertilizer than Historical Ones?
Rachel WilkinsEntomology, MSFeeding the World by Implementing Robust Management
Programs for Insect Pests after Crop Harvest
Conor O'DeaPsychology, MSAffiliating or Alienating? White Individuals' Perceptions
of Black Racial Slurs used by Black Individuals
toward White Individuals
Zach RostetterMaster of ArchitectureEureka Green Loop
Eric GoodcaseHuman Ecology, PhDWho Understands Consent?
Hamad GoharipourEnvironmental Design
and Planning, PhD
Urban Cinesemiotics: How is City Represented in Movies?
Emily DeloreanGenetics, PhDI Love Gluten

Heat 4

4:15pm, presentations begin
3096 Business Building
Carolina GarciaBiomedical Science, MSEnterotoxigenic E.coli (ETEC) Meets Super Vaccine
Janaka GamekkandaChemistry, PhDHow to Make Explosives Safe?
Yinping LiEntomology, PhDAn Efficient Protector of Beautiful Flowers
Hunter PostKinesiology, MSCardiac Mechanics in Prostate Cancer Patients
Vinicius PerinAgronomy, MSNitrogen Fertilizer: When to Apply Urea?
Audrey Opoku-AcheampongHuman Nutrition, PhDDetermining Heart Disease Risks in Racial Minority Groups
Paula SilvaGenetics, PhDAttack of the Aphids
Dave HoffmanCounseling and Student
Development, PhD
Purple Stride: Prospective Engineering Students and First-Year Retention
Sarah WinnickiBiology, MSEffects of Rrood Parasitism on Nestling Growth and Development
Pedram ParandoushIndustrial Engineering, PhD3D Printing of Ultra-Strong Carbon Fiber Composites
About the 3MT® Competition
The 3MT®, first held at The University of Queensland in 2008, is an academic competition that challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis/dissertation topic and its significance in just three minutes using just one slide. 3MT® celebrates the discoveries made by research students and develops their academic, presentation, and research communication skills.  The competition focuses on the students’ ability to communicate the importance of their research to the broader community. To learn more about the competition history, visit the 3MT® website.
Participant Information and Registration
Eligibility
  • Must be enrolled in a masters or doctoral program at Kansas State University for the Spring 2018 semester.
  • A student’s program of study must contain an original research project. The degree program need not formally require a thesis or dissertation, however the 3MT® presentation topic must cover the original research project. 
  • Students are not required to have reached a particular point in their research, but those who are at least halfway through their program are likely to be more competitive.
  • Graduate students must receive approval from their major professor prior to registering for the competition.
  • The first place winners from previous competitions are not eligible to compete this year; the second place and people's choice award winners are eligible to participate again this year.
Rules and Requirements
  • Present a compelling oration of your original research topic and its significance using language appropriate to a non-specialist audience
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps or songs)
  • Time limit: 3 minutes. Competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified
  • Prepare a single, static PowerPoint slide that represents the purpose and importance of your original research; no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any type are allowed; the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration
  • Props, sounds, and other materials may NOT be included in the presentation
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech
  • The decision of the judging panel is final

Slide Submission: Upon completing registration, you will be provided a link to a Slide Submission Form. You must submit your PowerPoint slide by 5:00pm on February 9, 2018. Slides WILL NOT be accepted after this deadline. If you do not submit your slide by the deadline, you will be withdrawn from the competition. 

Resources for Preparing a Successful 3MT® Presentation

Below are some resources we encourage presenters to use as they prepare for their 3MT® presentation.

Judging Criteria

Presentations will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Comprehension and Content

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement and Communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?

Note that the common theme among the judging criteria is the impact of the presentation on the audience.

Awards

The following will be awarded to the top presenters in the final competition on February 27:

  • 1st place - $500 scholarship, serve as K-State’s representative at the MAGS 3MT® competition
  • 2nd place - $250 scholarship
  • People’s choice - $125 scholarship

The presentation that receives the most votes from the audience will be selected as the people's choice award winner. The people's choice award winner may also be selected by the judges as their first or second place winner. 

Previous Winners
2018 Winners

1st place: Dave Hoffman - Counseling and Student Development, PhD - Purple Stride: Prospective Engineering Students and First-Year Retention

2nd place AND People's Choice: Tennecia Dacass - Economics, PhD - Intergenerational Effects of Mass Incarceration

Watch the full 2017 final competition below.

2017 Winners

1st place AND People's Choice: Tuyen Nguyen - Chemistry, PhD - Tiny Superhero Fights against Cancer

2nd place: Anil Pant - Biology, PhD - Vaccinia Virus Develops New Taste

Watch the full 2017 final competition below.

2016 Winners

First place: Ryan Schmid - Entomology, PhD - Hessian Fly Smart-Trap Design and Deployment Strategies

Second place: Bondy Kaye - Mass Communications, MS - Same Song, New Dance: Competition and Market Structure in the Digital Music Aggregation Industry

People's choice: Jere Noel - Animal Science, MS - Utilizing Electromyography to Identify Causes of Fatigue in Pigs

Watch the full 2016 final competition below.

 

Sponsorship: The Kansas State University Three Minute Thesis Competition is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research.


Questions about the Kansas State University Graduate School’s 3MT® competition may be directed to Megan Miller, Student Success Coordinator, mmmiller@ksu.edu or 785-532-6191.