Three minutes to present highly technical research in a way that anyone can understand. That's the challenge that 11 Georgia Tech graduate students will face when they compete in the final round of this year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on April 8.

In early March, five preliminary rounds of the competition were held and the following 10 Ph.D. students and one master’s student were selected to compete in the final round:

  • Ashley Alva, Electrical and Computer Engineering (Ph.D.) Tracking Immune Cells with Ultrasound for Diagnosis of Breast Tumor
  • Ryan Benkert, Electrical and Computer Engineering (Ph.D.) Learning what we Forget: Empowering Artificial Intelligence with Reliable Uncertainty Estimation
  • Abigail Diering, Chemistry and Biochemistry (Ph.D.)
    Sugar Transport in Nitrogen Fixing Plant Bacteria Symbiosis for Biofuel Crops
  • Zeou Dou, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Ph.D.)
    Selective Ion Separation for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Miguel Gonzalez, Chemical Engineering (Ph.D.)
    Creating Next-Generation High-Capacity Batteries
  • Jonathan Gosyne, Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.)
    Going Off Road – Moving in Sand, Snow, Mud
  • Timothy Min, Music Technology (Master's)
    Convert Heartbeats into Music
  • Abigail Paulson, Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.)
    Sensory Flicker as a Potential Therapeutic for Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Fernanda Piorino, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Ph.D.)
    Bacterial Biosensors for Low-cost, At-home Diagnostic Tests
  • Michelle Quizon, Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.)
    Treating Type 1 Diabetes: Delivery of Cells in Gels
  • Taylor Sloop, Materials Science and Engineering (Ph.D.)
    Porosity Allows for Tuning of Dynamic Tensile Failure

The campus community and beyond are invited to attend the April 8 event in-person in the Scheller COB Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. or online at And all viewers — online and in-person — will have a chance to vote for their favorite presentation to win the People's Choice Award. 

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