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Three Minute Thesis Final Competition 2019

October 29, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that allows current graduate students to foster effective presentation and communication skills. Participants have just three minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research project to a non-specialist audience. All are welcome to attend and serve as an audience who will select the People’s Choice award and a panel of judges will select 1st and 2nd place winners. UNC Chapel Hill’s top 10 participants for 2019 are:

Olufunmilayo Arogbokun, a doctoral student in epidemiology, “Can Obstructive Sleep Apnea Impact Flu Severity?”

Lauren Bates, a master’s student in exercise and sport science, “Exercise Training Immune Response in Breast Cancer Survivors vs. Healthy Controls”

Anna Batorsky, a doctoral student in biostatistics, “Going Above and Beyond the Human Genome to Solve the Mysteries of Chronic Kidney Disease”

Jenna Beam, a doctoral student in microbiology and immunology, “The Battle Against the Bugs: Antibiotics versus Staph”

Samantha Ervin, a doctoral student in chemistry, “The Role of Gut Bacterial Enzymes in Hormone-Driven Disease”

Alison Mercer-Smith, a doctoral student in pharmaceutical sciences, “Turning Skin Cells into Cancer-Killers”

Adele Musicant, a doctoral student in genetics and molecular biology, “Genes Gone Bad”

Tong Qiu, a doctoral student in geography, “Predicting When and Where Autumn Foliage Coloration Will Peak in the United States”

Shannon Speer, a doctoral student in chemistry, “Probing Protein-Protein Interactions: How Studying Proteins in Their Native Environment Can Help Us Treat Diseases”

Rylee Wander, a doctoral student in pharmaceutical sciences, “Harnessing the Power of Nature: Optimizing the Enzyme-Based Production of the Drug Heparin”


October 29, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Bondurant G100
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States