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Four SEAS graduate students earn spot in 3MT finals

by Jane Stoyle Welch

Published April 5, 2017

The finals of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition are happening this week, and four doctoral students from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are among the 12 students who will pitch their research to a panel of judges and the audience.

M. Atif Afzal, chemical and biological engineering, M.H. Ansari, mechanical and aerospace engineering, Gokhan Kul, computer science and engineering, and Phil Schneider, electrical engineering, will each have three minutes to communicate their research to a general audience in an engaging and understandable way. They are allowed to use only one PowerPoint slide.

Judges will award prizes for first- ($1,000), second- ($750) and third-place ($500) entries. Members of the UB campus community will have a chance to vote for their favorite project, and the winner will receive the People’s Choice award ($250).

The event will be held this Friday, April 7, from 3-5 p.m. in the Screening Room of the Center for the Arts, North Campus. It is free and open to the public.

Since its inception in 2008 at the University of Queensland in Australia, 3MT has taken the academic world by storm, growing to more than 350 universities in 18 countries. The goal is to help PhD students hone their communication skills so they can present their ideas to the public.

The competition is being co-sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad at UB. Venture coaches at the LaunchPad office in the Student Union have been on hand to help students sharpen their presentations.

For more information, visit the 3MT page on the UB Graduate School website.