The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) challenges graduate students to communicate their research in three minutes or less in non-specialist language. Contestants represent a diverse array of disciplines and areas of study, and reflect the passion and thirst for discovery common among all of Iowa's graduate students. Moala Keshei Bannavti, a Ph.D. student in civil and environmental engineering, is the 2020 winner. Her presentation focused on remediation efforts of PCBs in schools.

Moala Keshi (Bannavti)

Moala Keshei (Bannavti)

Winner, People's Choice

No More PCBs in School Air

Clarissa Shaw

Clarissa Shaw

Honorable Mention

Elderspeak: Nurse Communication in Hospital Dementia Care

Mariam El-Hattab

Mariam El-Hattab

People's Choice

A Little Fat Never Hurt Anybody: How Fat Can Influence Wound Healing

Nyema Harmon

Nyema Harmon

Finalist

Switching on the Lights Within Cells

Elmira Jangjou

Elmira Jangjou

Honorable Mention

The Lived Experience of Postsecondary Students with an On-Campus Food Pantry

Ivy Debreceni

Ivy Debreceni

Finalist

Determining Early Signals that Lead to Sjögren’s Syndrome

Stephanie Peterson

Stephanie Peterson

Finalist

A Fructose Rich Diet May Impact Disease by Influencing the Gut Microbiome

Megan Lindmark

Megan Lindmark

Finalist

Hey Siri, How’s My Water Quality? Smart Drinking Water Systems for Central America

Emily Wieder

Emily Wieder

Finalist (Obermann Center)

Being, Seeming, Resisting: Claude Cahun

Alyssa Mianecki

Alyssa Mianecki

Finalist

The Story of Toilets, Fish, Spiders, and People: Finding the Chemicals That Impact Hormones

Kody Waldstein

Kody Waldstein

Finalist

Mutations and Viruses: Small Changes with Deadly Results

Megan Small

Megan Small

Finalist

A Song Unsung: The Music of Water Ballet

Maggie Carolan

Maggie Carolan

Finalist

Surveying Radium in Iowa Private Drinking Water Wells

Runqing Qi

Runqing Qi

Finalist

An Instructional Model for Reading Authentic Chinese Texts

Thapelo Whitfield

Thapelo Whitfield

Finalist

Differential Item Functioning Analysis of Campus Climate Survey Data