The Graduate School hosted its Virtual 3MT Semifinals October 8-22. There were 27 semifinalists and nine of those will advance to the Virtual 3MT Finals for one last chance to win $1,000 and a spot in the Regional Competition. The judging for the Finals Competition is November 2-6.

 3MT at UABThe Graduate School is hosting a Virtual Watch Party from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 5. There will also be a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 9, from 5 to 5:30 p.m. For more information on either of those virtual events, email Kim Eaton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Hosted by UAB Graduate School and developed by The University of Queensland, the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Ph.D. students. The exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Third place is a People’s Choice award. Voting for People's Choice will open November 2 and close at Noon on November 6. A registration link will be made available prior to November 2.

The Graduate School would like to thank all of our student participants, as well as those who volunteered their time to judge the competition.

Session 1

1st place: Keyur Savla, Ph.D. trainee in Vision Science. The title of his talk was Giving insight to the blind eye-doctor.

2nd place: Zoya Anderson, Ph.D. trainee in Cancer Biology. The title of her talk was Vitiligo: More than a cosmetic issue.

3rd place: Marlon Goering, a Ph.D. trainee in Lifespan Developmental Psychology. The title of his talk was Adult outcomes of adverse pubertal experience.

Session 2

1st place: Monica Abdul-Chani, Ph.D. trainee in Medical/Clinical Psychology. The title of her talk was Solo.

2nd place: Nicole Arroyo Diaz, Ph.D. trainee in Immunology. The title of her talk was Super helpers: The key to better vaccines.

3rd place: Maheshika Somarathna, Ph.D. trainee in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology. The title of her talk was Surviving without kidneys.

Session 3

1st place: Raoud Marayati, Ph.D. trainee in Cancer Biology. The title of her talk was Knocking out the villain in cancer metastasis.

2nd place: Sara Sims, Ph.D. trainee in Medical/Clinical Psychology. The title of her talk was Not acting your age.

3rd place: Shameka Phillips, Ph.D. trainee in Nursing. The title of her talk was Go to bed! Household chaos and sleep in children.