Fall 2023 3MT® Competition @ KU


Nov. 7
The preliminary heats are the first round of the competition and include presentations from all graduate students participating in the competition.

Preliminary Heats
Tuesday, Nov. 7
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Burge Union
Nov. 14
The top presenters from the preliminary heats compete for 1st and 2nd place, as well as People's Choice Award. 

Tuesday, Nov. 14
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Burge Union

Final Round of the Competition

The top presenters from the preliminary heats competed for 1st and 2nd place, as well as People's Choice Award. Thank you for joining us and voting for your favorite presentation!


  • Three images depicting a person receiving bad news from their doctor, kids playing a video game and an intersection between the video games and the cancer diagnosis.

    Miyuru De Silva, Doctoral Student in Chemistry

    From Video Games to Cancer Diagnosis

  • Image of a father reading to his son.

    Samantha Ghali, Doctoral Student in Child Language

    Strategies Bilingual Parents Use to Help Their Children Learn to Read

  • Graphics and images showing factory production based on uranium.

    Riddhi Golwankar, Doctoral Student in Chemistry

    Unlocking Uranium's Potential

  • Sequential images showing a large hadron collider, followed by a collision detector, collisions data and a clock.

    Margaret Lazarovits, Doctoral Student in Physics

    Searching for Science Fiction through Space and Time

  • A graphic portraying cartoon versions of good bacteria and bad bacteria.

    Saeideh Nasiri, Doctoral Student in Biochemistry and Biophysics

    Good Bacteria Protects Humans from Bad Bacteria

  • Image focused on developed and developing countries, with amino acid tests for babies in the center.

    Prabhavie Opallage, Doctoral Student in Chemistry

    Low-Cost Amino Acids Testing in Newborns in Developing Countries


  • Diagram including the hierarchy of self actualization, people, perspective, process and belonging with a center image that reads "missing pieces of belonging".

    Abhishek Juneja, Doctoral Student in Educational Psychology and Research

    Missing Pieces of Belonging


    • Images of brains and their reactions upon injury.

      Jasmine Deng, Doctoral Student in Bioengineering

      Making New Connections: Improving Traumatic Brain Injury Outcomes

    • Images of a group of people smiling, the pancreatic lymph node, pancreatic islet, and anti-insulin memory cell activation.

      Grant Downes, Doctoral Student in Bioengineering

      Altering Your Memory: A Game of Telephone to Combat Type 1 Diabetes

    • Diagrams depicting the impact of CO emission.

      Clement Feyijimi, Master's Student in Mechanical Engineering

      Predictive Modelling of NOx Emissions in Internal Combustion Engines

    • Images of AI-powered image processing, digital 3D model, and smart skin.

      Vahidreza Gharehbaghi, Doctoral Student in Civil Engineering

      Innovative Dam Inspection

    • X-ray image of a knee and a focused image showing infection vs cement

      Kara Hageman, Doctoral Student in Bioengineering

      The Material Team to Beat Orthopedic Infection

    • Images of untrusted hardware, cellphone and systems diagram.

      Mahmudul Hasan, Doctoral Student in Computer Science

      Trojan Resilient Computing in COTS Processors Under Zero Trust

    • Image showing that a DNA strand plus circuit equals a doctor giving someone good news.

      Quentin Jarrell, Master's Student in Bioengineering

      Unravelling our Genetic Puzzle

    • Poster image showing a battery powered future, electrical model, thermal model, concept validation, and future works to be done.

      Sean Kang, Master's Student in Mechanical Engineering

      Streamlined Battery Safety: Nonlinear Double Capacitor Model for Internal Short Circuit driven Thermal Runaway Detection and Isolation

    • Images of drought, a farmer, farmer's almanac and observation view from space.

      Payal Makhasana, Doctoral Student in Civil Engineering

      Predicting Drought from Space

    • Diagrams of zeros and ones

      Mashfiq Rizvee, Doctoral Student in Computer Science

      A Persistent Hierarchical Bloom Filter-based Framework for Scalable Authentication and Tracking of ICs

    • 3MT slide with text reading: (1) Proteins bind to metals such as cooper, zinc, magnesium, etc., serving various purposes such as importing, exporting, or transporting metal in other parts of the cells as ligands and maintaining stable protein structure to function properly. (2) A metal binding site indicates the single amino acid position where a protein binds a metal ion. (3) A significant shortcoming of the existing computational methods is the consideration of the long-term dependency of the residues...

      Fairuz Shadmani Shishir, Doctoral Student in Computer Science

      MetaLLM: Residue-wise Metal Ion Prediction Using Deep Transformer Model

    • Image of an incomplete building with bloody columns.

      Steven Stennett, Master's Student in Construction Management

      Designing and Constructing for Safety


    • Image of an orchestra on stage with the USA flag behind them.

      Matt Anderson, Doctoral Student in Music

      Understanding Ourselves: National Identity Through Music

    • Photo of a group of brass performers accompanied y graphics showing the percentage of male and female conductors, brass leadership vs all brass, and brass performers.

      Emily Riding, Master's Student in Music

      Gender Gap in the Brass Section


    • Sequential images showing a mouse, computer screen, and human.

      Srija Ramisetty, Doctoral Student in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

      Forecasting Drug Distribution in Human Organs: The Power of Mathematical Computer Models

    • Diagram showing a bottle of Coca Cola as the problem and a solution, the process and happy, healthy babies and mothers as a result.

      Mikayla Smith, Doctoral Student in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

      Stopping the Spit: Increasing Access to HIV Treatment

    2023 3MT Competition at KU in the News

    Graduate Students to Compete in 3 Minute Thesis Competition

    Entrepreneurs often have an “elevator pitch,” a concise speech to explain their business in 30-60 seconds. Research can be more complicated, so a group of University of Kansas graduate students will get a full 180 seconds to explain their projects in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition this month.

    “The 3MT competition is an amazing platform that allows you to look into the creative aspect of the complex research we conduct. It is a nice feeling to have your five-year-long thesis summarized in a way that everyone can finally get you,” said Sayuri Niyangoda, KU doctoral candidate and last year’s first-place and people’s choice winner.

    “The competition offers a dual opportunity,” Roberts said. “Students learn to be concise and engaging in describing their research, and the audience gets a quick introduction to groundbreaking research in a variety of fields.”

    Seven Graduate Students Advance to KU 3MT Competition Finals

    Seven University of Kansas graduate students will advance to the finals of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. The winner will represent KU in the Midwest regional competition.

    “The passion, creativity and innovation on display through these graduate student participants was inspiring,” said Jennifer Roberts, senior vice provost for academic affairs & graduate studies. “The first round of KU’s 3MT competition highlighted just a fraction of the compelling and impactful research being done at the university. To briefly and successfully relay the importance of that work to the wider public is an essential skill.”

    Three Graduate Students Claim Awards in KU's2023 3MT Competition

    After weeks of preparation and just 180 seconds each to convey their research topics, three University of Kansas graduate students earned honors and cash prizes at the conclusion of the KU Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) on Nov. 14.

    Quentin Jarrell, master’s student in bioengineering, won first place and took home the People’s Choice award. “It is really special to have the opportunity to represent KU at the regional competition,” Jarrell said. “From my experience as an undergraduate at KU through my master’s program, I know how much amazing research goes on at KU. I’m very proud to share my role in that culture and to share that with other schools throughout the Midwest at regionals.”