Ten finalists competed in the Miami University Graduate School Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition held Feb. 13.
Finalists were selected from among 20 graduate students who participated earlier this semester in the research communication competition.
The 3MT, held at more than 900 universities worldwide, challenges participants to present their research in just 180 seconds in an engaging form that can be understood by an intelligent audience with no background in the research area.
First place ($1,000 prize): Natalie Tyrey Garvin, master’s student in Speech Language Pathology, with advisor Renee Gottliebson, associate clinical professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology, for “Integrating Mindfulness into Chronic Cough Suppression Therapy.”
Second place ($750 prize): Rachel Arbor, MAT student in Biological Sciences (Project Dragonfly) with advisor Kevin Matteson, associate director MA/MAT program and instructor of Biology, for “Education in Our World.”
Third place ($500 prize): Wylie Brace, second year doctoral student in Psychology with advisor Christopher Wolfe, professor of Psychology, for “From the Horse’s Mouth.”
People's choice ($1,000 prize): Nanci Reyes-Guzmán, third-year doctoral student in Geology and Environmental Earth Science with advisor Liz Widom, Janet and Elliot Baines Professor and chair of Geology and Environmental Earth Science, for “Deciphering Volcanic Eruptions and their Impact on Human Settlements: A View to the Past and the Future.”
Judges for the 3MT Final Round
- Darrel Davis, professor of Educational Psychology.
- Penny Mannix, emerita assistant to the dean of the Graduate School and manager of Graduate Student Services.
- Marcia Nantz, program associate, Project Dragonfly.
- Bryan Van Scoy, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Miami's 3MT competition is sponsored by the Graduate School and in memory of Gerald Sanders, professor emeritus of Communications and chair of the department of Communications, 1981-1992.