The UF Graduate School would like to invite you to attend the 2016 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Final Competition on Tuesday, March 29th at 2:00pm in the Reitz Union Auditorium. The finals are open to all who would like to attend, whether you plan to come to support a graduate student or you’re just interested in hearing about other research going on around campus.


Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland in Australia. It challenges graduate students to make a compelling presentation on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. The competition helps students develop academic, presentation and research communication skills and the capacity to explain their research to a non-academic audience.


Ten finalists from all corners of the university were chosen from 41 preliminary heat competitors. Our 2016 finalists are:


Pengxu Qi
Ph.D. Student in Chemistry
Dissertation Title: Synthesis of biorenewable and water degradable polyesters: from green birth to green death

Shannon Keleher
Ph.D. Student in Educational Leadership
Dissertation Title: A Comparative Study of the Efficacy of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy with Female Trauma Survivors

Natasha Sng
Ph.D. Student in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology
Dissertation Title: Discovering Unknown Plant Genes in Space

Sudeshna Chatterjee
Ph.D. Student in Rehabilitation Science
Dissertation Title: Does sympathetic arousal measured by skin conductance objectively quantify mobility self-efficacy?

Harold Knowles
Ph.D. Student in Interdisciplinary Ecology
Dissertation Title: Home is Where the Heart is: Finding Pattern and Meaning in Short Interval Residential Electric Smart Meter Data

Andrea Lin
Ph.D. Student in Medical Sciences
Dissertation Title: Mechanisms of Combination Therapy Using ATG+GCSF for Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes

Rebecca Williams
Ph.D. Student in Interdisciplinary Ecology
Dissertation Title: No Time for All Things: The Influence of Eco-Stoves on Women's Time-Poverty and Agency in Intibucá, Honduras

Kendra Krietsch
Ph.D. Student in Psychology
Dissertation Title: Impact of Sleep Timing on Dietary Intake and Physical Activity in Youth: An Experimental N-of-1 Sleep Manipulation

Stephen Chrzanowski
Ph.D. Student in Medical Sciences
Dissertation Title: Optical Imaging of Damaged and Dystrophic Muscle

Allysha Winburn
Ph.D. Student in Anthropology
Dissertation Title: Skeletal Age Estimation in Modern U.S. Adults:  The Effects of Activity, Body Mass, and Osteoarthritis on Age-Related Changes in the Acetabulum

Juan Felipe Paniagua-Arroyave ALTERNATE #1
Ph.D. Student in Geology
Dissertation Title: Physical interactions among waves, tides, and complex shelf bathymetry: Implications for coastal geomorphologic evolution

Jennifer Dennis ALTERNATE #2
Ph.D. Student in Nutritional Sciences
Dissertation Title: Probiotics (Lactobacillus gasseri KS-13, Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1, and Bifidobacterium longum MM-2) and health-related quality of life in individuals with seasonal allergies.