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2021 Ivy+ 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

November 18, 2021, Noon-1:30PM ET
Virtual (Zoom)


On November 18,  Yale University hosted the 2021 Ivy+ 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.  In this virtual event, Ph.D. students from Yale, Cornell University, Princeton University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, University of Chicago, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology presented their thesis research-in just 3 minutes!

An esteemed panel of judges assessed the students’ presentations:

  1. Julia Kent (Ph.D., English) Vice President, Council of Graduate Studies
  2. Kobi Abayomi (Ph.D., Probability and Statistics), Senior Vice President, Research, Warner Music
  3. Sourojit Bhowmick, (Ph.D., Immunology) Director of Communications, Oncology, Alkermes
  4. Peter Kurie (Ph.D,, Anthropology), Anthropologist, Intel

Prizes and Audience Choice Voting

1st Prize ($1000), awarded to Matthew Ellis (6th Year Ph.D., Cellular & Molecular Physiology, Yale) for “Using Stem Cells to Model and Treat Cardiovascular Disease.”
2nd Prize ($500), awarded to Abigail Dutton (2nd Year M.D./Ph.D., Microbiology & Immunology, Dartmouth) for “Brain, Behavior, and Herpes?”
3rd Prize ($250), awarded to Bhargav Sanketi (5th Year Ph.D., Molecular Medicine, Cornell) for “To be or Knot to be?”
Audience Choice Award ($250), awarded to Wei-Li Lee (5th Year Ph.D., Chemistry, Columbia) for “Fluorescent Chemicals to Image Serotonin Release”


2021 Ph.D. Student Presenters

  • Rachel Allison (Food Science) “What CAN we do about stinky wine?”
  • Lindsey Backman (Chemistry) “Why does poop smell bad? Investigation of skatole production in mammalian gut bacteria”​
  • Nicky Bell (Political Science) “Better Help for the Rust Belt”
  • Sarah Carson (Anthropology) “The New Girls’ Club: Women Changing the Face of U.S. Politics”
  • Abigail Dutton (Microbiology and Immunology) “Brain, Behavior, and Herpes?”
  • Matthew Ellis (Cellular and Molecular Physiology) “Using Stem Cells to Model and Treat Cardiovascular disease”
  • Dana Hayward (Sociology) “The Social Impact of Close Votes”
  • Billy C Jin (Engineering) “An Energetic Heart”
  • Shi En Kim (Molecular Engineering) “Keeping It Cool: Solving Overheating in Electronics with a Bizarre Nanomaterial”
  • Wei-Li Lee (Organic Chemistry) “Fluorescent Chemicals to Image Serotonin Release”
  • Bing Lin (Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy) – “‘Wet markets, COVID-19, and the wildlife trade”
  • Shelby Lohr (History) “Nativism and Anti-Catholic Conspiracies: George Bourne and the Cheap Press of the Nineteenth Century”
  • Sangmin Simon Oh (Economics) “Social Inflation”
  • Cadence Payne (Space Systems Engineering) “Ocean-Observing Bread Loafs”
  • Bhargav Sanketi (Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology) “To Be or Knot to Be”
  • Richard Warren (Neuroscience) “Machine Learning Reveals Hidden Beauty in Animal Behavior”

This event is modeled on the 3MT® competition founded by the University of Queensland.  


Judging Criteria

2019 Ivy 3MT

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