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Three Minute Thesis event set for March 3 at MSU

February 23, 2017 -- MSU News Service

Montana State University students in the College of Engineering, from left, Dinal Perera, Mike Roddewig, Laura Dahl, Drew Norton, Matthew Jackson, Utkarsh Goel and Barkan Sidar, will be participating in the Three Minute Thesis competition in the first week of March. MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

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Graduate students in Montana State University’s College of Engineering will distill their highly technical thesis projects into engaging, 180-second presentations at the third annual Three Minute Thesis competition. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place Friday, March 3, from 3-4 p.m. at the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building on MSU’s campus. A reception will follow from 4-4.30 p.m. in the Leigh Lounge.

The competition’s seven finalists have been selected from disciplines across the College of Engineering. Contestants are allowed a single presentation slide and attempt to concisely explain how their research affects members of the audience:

  • Drew Norton will explain how bacteria can be used to seal leaky wells.
  • Utkarsh Goel will present his research about leveraging the Internet for augmented reality applications.
  • Dinal Perera will explore real-world applications of phase-change materials.
  • Laura Dahl will discuss methods for determining whether clouds are made of water droplets or ice crystals.
  • Matthew Jackson will explain the implications of using municipal and agricultural wastewater for growing algae.
  • Barkan Sidar will discuss applications of miniature, cultivated stomachs for drug testing and organ replacement.
  • Michael Roddewig will present on the use of airborne laser radar to locate invasive lake trout in Yellowstone Lake.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland in Australia. For more information, visit

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