UAB Graduate School hosted its 2017 3 Minute Thesis preliminary competition September 26 in the Shelby Building. Student participants were divided into 7 sessions over the day, and winners were selected from a panel of judges from across campus. Below are the session winners. These winners will move forward to the semifinals which will take place Thursday October 5, 2017 in the Hill Student Center at 10 a.m.

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The Graduate School would like to thank everyone who served as judges and congratulate all the semifinalist!

Session 1

1st Place: Mary Katherine Ray, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Behavioral Neuroscience
Shocking! Testing an electrical device to curb those food cravings

2nd Place: Robert Glenn, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Chemistry
Exploring the viral toolbox

3rd Place: Elizabeth Y Scribner, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Mathematics
The Mathematical Modeling of Brain Tumor Growth

Session 2

1st Place: Ahmed Elhattab, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Civil Construction and Environmental Engineering
Bridge Health Monitoring using portable devices

2nd Place: Sarah dos Anjos, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Rehabilitation Science
Constraint-induced therapy: helping people with stroke to walk better

3rd Place: Nathaniel Harnett, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Behavioral Neuroscience
Human Neurobiology Following Trauma: Assessing Brain Function, Structure, and Biochemistry

3rd Place: Jeremie Lever, M.D./Ph.D. trainee in the department of Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine
Fighting Inflammation in Acute Kidney Injury

Session 3

1st Place: Saman Najmi, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Microbiology
Too much of a good thing?

2nd Place: Andrew Clarke, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Polymerese 101: Decoding the Secret Language of RNA Pol I

3rd Place: Rhiannon Reed, DrPH trainee in the department of Outcomes Research
Increasing Living Kidney Donation through Advocacy & Patient Navigation

Session 4

1st Place: Kirsten Schoonover, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Psychology-Behavioral Neuroscience
Mechanisms of dysbindin abnormalities in schizophrenia

2nd Place: Dustin Revell, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Cell, Molecular, Dev Biology
A Window into Polycystic Kidney Disease

2nd Place: Courtney Fernandez Petty, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Cell, Molecular, Dev Biology
Just Breathe...If Only It Was That Easy

3rd Place: Timothy Howton, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Biology
The Food Wars

Session 5

1st Place: Benjamin McManus, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Lifespan Developmental Psychology
We can’t drive it home with one headlight

2nd Place: Christy Killion, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Cell, Molecular, Dev Biology
Maintenance of Postnatal Hyaline Cartilage Regulated by Mechanical Load

3rd Place: AbdelAziz Ibrahem AbdelLatef, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
Bridge Health Monitoring

Session 6

1st Place: Kristin Hardin, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Materials Engineering
Root, Root, Root for the Home Team: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Composites

2nd Place: Jessica Bahorski, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Nursing
Feeding Baby, Not as Easy as 1, 2, 3!

3rd Place: Megan Roegner, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Biology
Soft shell crab anytime of year? Let’s get cracking... "

3rd Place: Avantika Naidu, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Rehabilitation Science
One Step Forward

Session 7

1st Place: Kellie Regal McDonald, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine
Regulation of endothelial N-glycans in atherosclerosis: a role for alpha-mannosidases

2nd Place: Benjamin Wildman, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Cell, Molecular, Dev Biology
Dewey Decimal System of the Stem Cell: How Epigenetic Regulation Curates the Maturation of Bone

3rd Place: Bidisha Paul, Ph.D. trainee in the department of Biology
Influences of diet and the gut microbiome on epigenetic modulation in breast cancer