2021 Three Minute Thesis Finals Set!

2021 Three Minute Thesis Finals Set!
COLLEGE STATION, November 8, 2021 -- Texas A&M’s Fall 2021 Three Minute Thesis 3MT® finals is set. Ten graduate students advanced from the preliminary competition on October 27 and 28 to the finals, where they will compete for up to $1,500 in prizes and a chance to represent Texas A&M at the regional 3MT competition in Raleigh, NC, in February 2022.
Originally created by the University of Queensland in 2008, the 3MT® competition gives graduate students just three minutes and one slide to present a compelling oration on their research project and its significance before a general audience. The event has garnered worldwide popularity as a vehicle to help students develop their presentation skills and as a venue to showcase student research. Today, over 900 institutions across 85 countries participate in the competition.
This year’s Texas A&M preliminary competitors and finalists represent an array of disciplines and areas of study and reflect the outstanding research in which our graduate students are engaged. The finals competition will take place on Thursday, November 18, at Rudder Forum. Please join the Graduate and Professional School in person or via livestream on Zoom to see these outstanding students deliver their research presentations. Visit our registration portal to register to attend in person or virtually. 
2021 Texas A&M Three Minute Thesis Finalists
Master’s Category
Danadhi Gunawardana
Department: Biological and Agricultural Engineering
College: Agriculture and Life Sciences  
Faculty Advisor: Zong Liu             
Department Head: John Tracy          
Title of Presentation: VR Videos for Manure Management
Michael Portal  
Department: History
College: Liberal Arts  
Faculty Advisor: Cynthia Bouton
Department Head: Carlos Blanton     
Title of Presentation: Lascaux: Contested Memory and Meaning (1940-1945)       
Nandan Shettigar           
Department: Mechanical Engineering
College: Engineering
Faculty Advisor: C. Steve Suh      
Department Head: Guillermo Aguilar      
Title of Presentation: Investigating the Brain: Towards a Richer Understanding of Our World
Doctoral Category
Gia Alexander
Department: English
College: Liberal Arts
Faculty Advisor: Maura Ives
Department Head: Maura Ives
Title of Presentation: Scrivenography: Studying the Act of Writing
Department: Chemistry
College: Science
Faculty Advisor: Sarbajit Banerjee
Department Head: Simon North
Title of Presentation: Microencapsulation of Bitumen for Solid-Phase Midstream Transportation & Protecting Vulnerable Ecosystems from Oil-Spill Contamination
Namgyun Kim
Department: Construction Science
College: Architecture
Faculty Advisor: Changbum Ryan Ahn     
Department Head: Partick Suermann      
Title of Presentation: Recovering Construction Workers Attention to
Repeatedly Exposed Workplace Hazards via Virtual Accident Simulation  
Rachit Gupta
Department: Chemical Engineering
College: Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Pushkar Lele
Department Head: Arul Jayaraman          
Title of Presentation: Defense against Bacterial Pathogens           
Jinwoo Kim
Department: Multidisciplinary Engineering
College: Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Changbum Ryan Ahn and Theodora Chaspari
Department Head: Timothy Jacobs          
Title of Presentation: Capturing Environmental Distress of Pedestrians Using Bio-Signals for Walkable Built Environments      
Megan Crutcher
Department: Anthropology
College: Liberal Arts
Faculty Advisor: Christopher Dostal
Department Head: Darryl de Ruiter         
Title of Presentation: Historical Archaeology of Seafaring in West Africa  
Sayali Belsare
Department: Biomedical Engineering
College: Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Gerard Coté
Department Head: Mike McShane           
Title of Presentation: A Prick in Time Saves Fifty-Nine: An Alternative for Traditional Diabetes Monitoring         

By Rob Dixon, Texas A&M University Graduate and Professional School
Media contact: Rob Dixon, Texas A&M University Graduate and Professional School, 979-458-8584, rdixon@tamu.edu.

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