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Four Bio students in EKU Graduate School’s “3 Minute Theses”

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As part of the long-standing tradition of Scholars Week at Eastern Kentucky University, the Graduate School debuted “3MT@EKU”, or “The 3 Minute Thesis.”

The idea for 3MT came at a time in Queensland, Australia, when the state was suffering from a period of prolonged drought. To encourage water conservation, residents were encouraged to time their showers, and many of the residents affixed a 3-minute egg timer to their bathroom wall. Later, Professor Emeritus Alan Lawson, the Dean of the University of Queensland Graduate School at the time, put two and two together, and the idea of the 3MT competition was born. Its goal: to challenge graduate students to summarize and describe their research in 3 minutes or less to a general audience.

Eastern Kentucky University had been in talks to start a 3MT competition for several years, and 2021 marked its inaugural year.

The “Peoples Choice Award” list of submissions is now live, and it features four current master of science biology students and their 3 minute theses: Jane Dostart, Jennifer Knight, Henderson “Reni” Gull and Ted Brancheau.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award won a certificate and a cash prize of $100.

Congratulations to Jane, Jeni, Reni and Ted for all of their hard work and for submitting their 3MTs!

Learn more about “3MT@EKU” by visiting Three Minute Thesis.