Top 10 advance to final round of Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Published: November 02, 2022

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Imagine having only three minutes to explain your research to a general audience. This is the challenge for students competing in the Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT, competition.

The campus community is invited to attend and support the top ten finalists as they present in the final Auburn University competition from 3-4:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the Melton Student Center Ballroom.

Auburn University graduate students compete for cash prizes, with a winner, a runner-up and a People’s Choice Award winner named after the judges and audience have voted (respectively). The Auburn winner advances to the regional competition, held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools.

Over 60 Auburn graduate students competed in seven preliminary sessions on Oct. 25 and 26. The top 10 finalists advancing to the final round are listed below.

Adam Book, Consumer and Design SciencesFood Insecurity: What can TikTok and AI Reveal about Hunger in the United StatesAya Hussain, Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic SciencesEvaluating the growth performance of Pacific white shrimp cultured in different biofloc systemsDelaney Clouse, Chemical EngineeringUsing Plant Waste to Kill Weeds: Cellulose Nanocrystals as a Carrier of HerbicidesHarrish Kumar, Chemical EngineeringFabrication of Reactive Rock samples via Fused Filament FabricationIshveen Kaur, Biological SciencesPlants emit stinky compounds to repel insect herbivoresJustin Harvell, Chemical EngineeringUsing Building Blocks to Fix Broken HeartsManuel Indaco, Aerospace EngineeringDetecting anomalies across mega satellite networks with graph transformersMelissa Voynich, Educational Foundations, Leadership and TechnologyLet's Play a Speech GameMiranda Silano, GeosciencesThe Calm Before the Storm: Keeping an Eye on the Gulf of Mexico’s Tropical Cyclone Risk and VulnerabilityShivaprasad Nageswaran, Industrial and Systems EngineeringSignificance of Seat Belt Buckle Release Force Post Passenger Vehicle Rollover Accident


Three Minute Thesis, established by The University of Queensland in 2008, has now spread to graduate schools around the globe. Auburn held its first 3MT in 2013 and now holds an annual competition for all graduate students.

For more information about the 3MT competition at Auburn University and to watch the award-winning presentations, visit .

Submitted by: Elizabeth Anderson