Students announced as winners of inaugural 3MT competition

The finale of the inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at Case Western Reserve University was held Friday, Feb. 25, in the Tinkham Veale University Center. 

During the competition, each student had three minutes and only a single slide to effectively explain their research and its significance in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 

Developed by The University of Queensland and now held at over 900 institutions around the world, 3MT celebrates the exciting research conducted by grad students around the world and cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills.


  • School of Graduate Studies first place ($2,000 prize): Christine Smothers, PhD Student, Nursing           
  • Science & Human Rights Coalition second place ($1,500 prize): Derek Wong, MD/PhD student, Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship third place ($1,000 prize): Yi Fan Chen, MD/PhD student,Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership People’s Choice Awards Group A Winner ($350 prize): Zoe Sekyonda, PhD student, Biomedical Engineering
  • Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership People’s Choice Awards Group B Winner ($350 prize): Farrah Gao, PhD student, Genetics and Genome Sciences
  • Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership (CCTRP) People’s Choice Awards Group C Winner ($350 prize): Priyanka Suresh, PhD student, Chemical Engineering