UF Graduate School Awards 2019 Three Minute Thesis Finals Winners

Release Date: November 15 2019

UF 3MT 2019 winners (left to right): Ela Sajjadi (Winner), Sumaiya Shomaji (People’s Choice), and Faisal Shahzad (Runner-Up)

The UF Graduate School hosted the 2019 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) finals on Thursday, November 7, 2019 in the Reitz Union Chamber Room on the University of Florida campus.

The 3MT competition, developed by the University of Queensland in Australia, challenges graduate students to make compelling presentations on their theses in just three minutes, in an engaging manner that explains their research to a non-academic audience.

The victors of this year’s competition were three Doctor of Philosophy students: Winner Ela Sajjadi (Rehabilitation Science, “Therapeutic Effects of Acute Intermittent Hypoxia on Respiratory Function in ALS Patients”), Runner-Up Faisal Shahzad (Horticultural Sciences, “Role of Mineral Nutrition in Improving Tree Health, Fruit Quality, and Postharvest Storage Life of HLB-Affected Mandarian Cultivars”), and “People’s Choice” Sumaiya Shomaji (Electrical and Computer Engineering, “Secure and Efficient Storage of Large-Scale Biometric Data”).

These three winners were chosen from 44 competitors pared down to ten finalists through three preliminary heats: PhD candidates Samantha Burrell (Environmental Horticulture), Drake Garner (Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology), Ziliang Luo (Agronomy), Mhairi Maclean (Biomedical Engineering), Preet Mahalay (Chemistry), Catherine Olguin (Medical Physics), and Appajosula Rao (Materials Science).

All participates bore witness to the depth and diversity of research taking place amid UF’s graduate student body.

To learn more online about UF’s annual 3MT competition, click on this link: UF 3MT Competition.