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 www.threeminutethesis.org.
Sarah Codd, (406) 994-1944, firstname.lastname@example.org