Katie Henley 3MT RegionalKatie Henley wins 3MT Regional ConferenceKatie Henley, a student in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsPh.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences program, has won the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) regional competition hosted by the Conference for Southern Graduate Schools in Annapolis, Maryland.

Henley, who won the inaugural UAB Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition in October 2016, beat out 45 students from across the Southeast to win the regional title. The competition is open to students in any field of research. Henley is a student in the lab of Candace Floyd, Ph.D., and a member of a research team developing new treatments for pain after central nervous system injuries.

Henley spoke about her work in measuring pain and hopes to use these measures to assess the efficacy of pain medications. Her dad lived with chronic pain due to a spinal cord injury he suffered in 2007.

“Knowing that the research helps people like my dad is the driving force behind my work,” said Henley, who earned $1,000 for winning the competition. “I had so much fun talking about my work to the people I met in Annapolis. And hearing about all the different projects and passions made me really excited for the future of science!”

Having had such a positive experience participating in the 3MT, Henley hopes to incorporate science communication into her career path.

The 3MT competition supports students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language that is easily understood by non-scientists.

It was developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) to cultivate students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.