The Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition showcases the research of Columbia’s doctoral student community. Participants are challenged to share their research clearly and effectively with a broad, general audience in just three minutes.
3MT helps doctoral students to develop their presentation and communication skills, which are vital for academic conferences and a variety of careers. Through the competition, participants also have the opportunity to share their work with the Columbia community by presenting in front of an esteemed panel of University and alumni judges and a diverse audience.
Eligibility is limited to advanced doctoral students currently enrolled in their first seven years of a Columbia PhD program. Successful candidates have passed relevant milestones, such as a qualifying exam and/or prospectus defense, and are in the advanced stages of writing the dissertation.
The 2019 3MT competition was held on Thursday, December 12, in the Satow Room on the fifth floor of Alfred Lerner Hall on the Morningside Campus. Cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250 were awarded to first-place, second-place, and audience-choice winners, respectively.
- First Prize: Richard Warren, Neurobiology and Behavior
Machine Learning Reveals Hidden Beauty in Animal Behavior
- Second Prize: Wei-Li Lee, Chemistry
Fluorescent Chemicals to Image Serotonin Release
- Audience-Choice Award: Divya Venkatesh, Biological Sciences
Identifying New Molecular Pathways that Alter the Antitumorigenic Ability of Ferroptosis
- First Prize: Sean O’Neil, History
The Art of Signs: Symbolic Notation and Visual Thinking in Early Modern Europe
- Second Prize: Bailey Brown, Sociology
Kinder Panic: School Selection and Parental Uncertainty
- Audience-Choice Award: Jyotirmoy Mandal, Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Using the Sky to Cool Buildings