A&T Hosts Successful Fall 2023 Three-Minute Thesis Competition

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EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 22, 2023) – The Graduate College at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has announced the winners of its Fall 2023 Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

The 3MT Competition asks graduate students to present their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation research to a general audience in just three minutes and with only one PowerPoint slide. This competition is one of The Graduate College’s professional development initiatives.

Nine finalists competed for first-, second- and third-place awards before an audience of students, faculty, administrators and invited guests at Proctor Hall. The winners are:

  • First place, Laurence Price-Webb, who is pursuing a doctorate in nanoengineering under advisor Emanuel Waddell, Ph.D.
  • Second place, Faith Idoko, who is pursuing a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering under advisor Lauren Davis, Ph.D.
  • Third place, Oludotun Adelusi, who is pursuing a doctorate in agricultural and environmental sciences, with a concentration in animal production and health, under advisor Uchenna Y. Anele, Ph.D.

The finalists were determined after a preliminary round held a week earlier among 34 registered student contestants. They include:

  • Md Ashik Ahmed, who is pursuing a doctorate in nanoengineering and under advisor Renzun Zhao, Ph.D.
  • Omolola Balogun, who is pursuing a doctorate in applied science and technology, with a concentration in applied chemistry, under advisor Aleksandrs Prokojevs, Ph.D.
  • Brenden Kee, who is pursuing an M.S.A. in school administration under advisor Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho, Ed.D.
  • Sukanya Poddar, who is pursuing an M.S. in food and nutritional sciences under advisor Jianmei Yu, Ph.D.
  • Md Redowan Rashid, who is pursuing an M.S. in civil engineering under Zhao
  • Juvairia Shajahan, who is pursuing a doctorate in nanoengineering and under advisors Debasish Kuila, Ph.D., and Shyam Aravamudhan, Ph.D.

 “The 3MT competition was a huge success and we received positive feedback from the students, their guests, and fellow faculty and staff who were present,” said Re’Shanda Grace-Bridges, Ph.D., assistant dean of Student Affairs for The Graduate College. “As a member of the academic community and the Aggie family, I could not be more proud of our students and their efforts to expand existing knowledge in their respective fields.”

Graduate students who participate in the 3MT competition work on critical communication skills that will serve them beyond their degree. They also have the opportunity to win prize money, up to $500.

This year’s winners and their advisors will be honored at a graduate student awards luncheon in spring 2024.

Price-Webb will represent N.C. A&T at the regional 3MT competition during the spring meeting of the Conference of Southern Graduate School, March 13-15, 2024.

For more information about 3MT, contact Grace-Bridges at rgracebridges@ncat.edu or 336-285-2372.

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