College of Sciences in the 2017 Georgia Tech Three Minute Thesis Competition

Ph.D. students Kelly Michie and Linda Nhon, in the Schools of Biological Sciences and of Chemistry and Biochemistry, respectively, are among 13 finalists in the 2017 Georgia Tech Three Minute Thesis Competition. 

The 3MT competition, which started at the University of Queensland in Australia and has spread to campuses around the world, is an event that challenges graduate students to explain their research in three minutes in a way that someone with no knowledge of the subject would understand. Two years ago, Georgia Tech held its first 3MT competition, which was only open to Ph.D. students. But, this year, master’s students are also participating.  

The Ph.D. finalists, who were selected during preliminary rounds held in October, will compete for three prizes ranging from $2,000 to $1,000. The master’s student finalists will compete for prizes ranging from $1,000 to $500. Both groups will also compete for a $500 People’s Choice award.

A reception immediately follows the last presentation.

The Ph.D. finalists for the 2017 3MT include the following students:

  • Rajatha Bhat, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Resilience of Electrical Networks Against Hurricanes
  • Rebecca Han, Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering
    Computational Prediction of Energy Materials
  • Jayraj Joshi, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Natural Gas Purification Using Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)
  • Arkadeep Kumar, Mechanical Engineering
    Novel Abrasives for Cheaper Solar Cells
  • Kelly Michie, Biology
    Gotta Screen ‘Em All: Discovering Bacterial Genes Required for Wound Infection
  • Krysten Minnici, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Battery Electrode Materials: Energizing the Future
  • Alexis Noel, Mechanical Engineering
    Grip, Grab, and Groom: Adhesion of Soft Biomaterials
  • Linda Nhon, Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Artificial Photosynthesis: From Sunlight to Fuel
  • Sushruta Surappa, Mechanical Engineering
    Ultrasound Based Wireless Power
  • Jingting Yao, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Enhanced Diagnostic Cardiac Imaging with Lower Risks

The master’s student finalists include the following students:

  • Richard Li, Interactive Computing
    EarBit: Using Wearable Sensors to Detect Eating Episodes in Unconstrained Environments
  • Vedant Metha, Nuclear Engineering
    Boosting the Role of Nuclear Technology
  • HoRyun Song, Human Computer Interaction
    Conversation Between: Interactive Narrative for Molecular Scientists and Reproductive Justice Groups

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Event Details


  • Monday, 2017, November 13 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Student Center Ballroom, 350 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

Free Food

For More Information Contact

A. Maureen Rouhi, Ph.D.
Director of Communications
College of Sciences