ATLANTA – Graduate students across disciplines took top prizes Wednesday in the final round of the 2022 Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, where they were charged with explaining their research in language appropriate for a non-specialist audience in three minutes or less.

Developed by the University of Queensland in Australia in 2008, 3MT was designed to encourage students to develop their academic, presentation and research communication skills. The competition supports student abilities to explain their research in language appropriate for a non-specialized audience.

The final round of Georgia State’s 3MT contest was held March 30 at Centennial Hall, returning as an in-person event after two years of virtual competition.

Seven master’s and six doctoral students from various programs competed, and a panel of judges comprised of faculty and staff awarded first-, second- and third-place cash prizes. The Georgia State community was also given an opportunity to name a People’s Choice winner in each category.

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Master’s Category

Three-Minute Thesis contest winners in the master’s category were David Sharp, front from left, Harshita Yepuri and Kolawole Arowoogun.

1st Place – David Sharp
Program: Communication
Presentation: Hijacked Christianity: How an Aberrant Eschatology Enables a Grievance Culture That Supplants Christian Grace for an Extremist Meritocracy

2nd Place and People’s Choice – Kolawole Arowoogun 
Program: Geosciences
Presentation: Characterization of the Surficial Aquifer System for Non-Potable Uses: Wormsloe State Historic Site, Chatham County, Ga.

3rd Place – Harshita Yepuri 
Program: Neuroscience
Presentation: How Adverse Childhood Trauma Affects Coping Behavior and Coping Behavior in College Students During COVID-19: A Neurobiological Perspective

Doctoral Category

Contest winners display their certificates.

Three-Minute Thesis contest winners in the doctoral category were Aysha LaBon, front from left, Noopur Bhatnagar, Javan Francis and Rolandria Justice-Emenuga.

1st Place – Noopur Bhatnagar
Program: Biology
Presentation: Investigating the Effects of a Novel Compound on Enhancing Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness

2nd Place – Javan Francis 
Program: Physical Therapy
Presentation: Meta-Analysis Challenges the Use of the Uninjured Leg To Monitor Quadriceps Recovery After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

3rd Place – Rolandria Justice-Emenuga 
Program: Educational Leadership
Presentation: Intersections: Black Female School Leaders’ Lived Experiences of Caring for and Leading Black Children

People’s Choice – Aysha LaBon 
Program: Media and Society
Presentation: Mammies, Jezebels and Sapphires Don’t Marry: Black Women, Media Stereotypes and Low Marriage Rates

For more information about the Three-Minute Thesis Competition, visit The Graduate School’s website.

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