February 14, 2017 at 10:41 am

Chemistry Student Takes 1st Place in 3-Minute Thesis Competition

Ian Armstrong

Ian Armstrong

College of Arts & Sciences students took first and second place in the Three Minute Thesis Competition on Feb. 15.

The 1st place award of $300 went to Ian Armstrong, a doctoral student in Chemistry & Biochemistry. His talk was on “Constructing new molecular ‘keys’ in the search of treatments for pervasive diseases.” His adviser is Dr. Steve Bergmeier.

Ian Armstrong won first prize in the 3 Minute Thesis Competition held on Feb. 15.

Ian Armstrong won first prize in the 3 Minute Thesis Competition held on Feb. 15.

The 2nd place award of $200 went to Rebecca Totton, a graduate student in Psychology. Her talk was on “Not all bias is equal: Differing predictors of ant-transgender and anti-gay attitudes.” Her adviser is Dr. Kimberly Rios.

Seven additional College of Arts & Sciences students participated in the Three Minute Thesis Competition.

About the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

Ohio University graduate students will test how well they can describe their research or creative work to the general public during the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition Feb. 15.

Three Minute Thesis Competition logo, Founded by teh University of QueenslandThe 3MT® competition was developed by The University of Queensland in 2008 to help graduate students hone their communication skills. The competitions now are held at more than 350 higher education institutions in 18 countries, according to the 3MT® website.

At Ohio University, 18 students will compete at the university’s second annual competition, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 15 in Stocker 103. The event is sponsored by the Graduate College to help students learn to effectively present their work to audiences outside of their area of specialization.

Students will present one visual and will have three minutes to describe their project to the audience and a panel of faculty and administrator judges.

Students from the College of Arts & Sciences, Patton College of Education, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Scripps College of Communication and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs will compete. Topics include conservation and alternative agriculture techniques, the search for treatments for pervasive diseases, and failure and empathy in video games.

University and local community members are invited to attend the free event and can vote for their favorite presentation. Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1 st, 2 nd and 3 rd place winners, as well as the People’s Choice pick.

At Ohio University’s inaugural 3MT® event in February 2016, eight graduate students presented work on topics that ranged from international journalism and cancer to astrophysics and language studies. Doctoral student Sean McGraw, a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, won first place for his presentation “Black holes: Little engines that control the evolution of galaxies.”

For more information about the event at Ohio University, contact Sara Helfrich at

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