Fall 2021 3MT® Competition | The Finals

3MT Statistics

Graduate students participating in the final round of 3MT® are competing for:
1st place - $500
2nd place - $250
People’s Choice - $125

The judges will select the winners for 1st and 2nd place awards, while the audience votes to select the People's Choice Award winner. Don't miss your chance to vote!

From Agricultural Residues to Value-added Products

Steffan Green
Master's Student in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
School of Engineering

Diagram showing a corn stalk, ozone and lignin, and flavoring agents. Text included: "US generates 400 million tons of corn residue per year"

Error Detection is an Essential Musical Ability

Tanya Honerman
Doctoral Student in Music
School of Music

Three images: (1) person in front of a window with headphones on, (2) Hand writing on a music sheet, and (3) someone playing a violin

Shunt the Tunnels, Shut-in the Drugs!

Ayotunde Ikujuni
Doctoral Student in Biochemistry and Biophysics
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Image of bacteria in a tunnel demonstrating the typical reaction and the expected reaction

Building Peptide Drugs with Unnatural Amino Acids

Jacob R. Immel
Doctoral Student in Medicinal Chemistry
School of Pharmacy

Image showing natural versus unnatural amino acids in peptide drugs, indicating that natural amino acids have limited applications and poor drug properties, while unnatural amino acids have untapped potential and improved medicines.

Distributional Welfare Effect of Inflation

Van Nguyen
Doctoral Student in Economics
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Image depicting an upward trend arrow with text that reads Inflation + Gold that ends with a man celebrating over bags of gold

Plants to Capture Carbon: Why Diversity Matters

Laura Y. Podzikowski
Doctoral Student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Illustration of a sick plant with a thermometer in its mouth and a fishbowl on a table

Adolescent Technology-Use and Creative Activities during COVID-19: A Qualitative Study

Lauren Zaeske
Doctoral Student in Counseling Psychology
School of Education and Human Sciences

Image of three intersected circles technology, creative activities and virtual connection