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UMD Three Minute Thesis Contest to be Held Live April 5

March 31, 2017

The Graduate School is hosting the fourth annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition during Graduate Research Appreciation Day (GRAD) on April 5. The 3MT competition challenges doctoral students to communicate the significance of their research projects to an educated, non-specialist audience in just three minutes. The nine finalists for the UMD competition will present live on April 5 from 3-4 pm in the Charles Carroll Room of the Stamp Student Union.

The finalists for the 2017 contest are:

  • Sarah Hirsh, Environmental Science and Technology, “Keeping Nitrogen on the Farm and Out of Our Water Using Radish and Rye”
  • Yu Mo, Environmental Science and Technology, “A Multi-Decadal Phenological Record of Coastal Marshes in Louisiana”
  • Li Fang, Urban and Regional Planning and Design, “Why We Should Protect Baby Firms from Market Competition”
  • Katherine Lukens, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, “The Imprint of Severe Storm Tracks on High Impact Winter Weather in North America”
  • Min-A Cho, Physics, “Space-time Ripples and Bright Flashes in the Sky”
  • Lu Liu, Civil and Environmental Engineering, “Thirst for Power: Interdependencies and Trade-Offs Between Water and Energy Systems Under Climate Change”
  • Ye Tao, Mechanical Engineering, “Electrochemical CO2 Compression”
  • Diana Cassar-Uhl, Family Science, “Are You What You Eat…or What Your Mother Ate?”
  • Samuel Ramsey, Entomology, “Varroa Destructor: The Curious Case of the Bee Mite’s Bite”

The winner of the UMD competition will go on to represent the university in the worldwide 3MT competition sponsored by Universitas 21, a global network of research universities. UMD representatives have been highly successful in the past in this competition, winning both the first prize and People’s Choice awards in 2014, and the People’s Choice Award in 2015.