Three graduate students took top honors at the 2020 3MT Competition. Lauren Thomas from curriculum and instruction took first place with her presentation on Interrupting the Achievement Gap Ideology ; Khan Mohammad Rabbi from mechanical engineering took second with his research on cooling devices, and Anicia Arredondo from planetary sciences came in third with her explanation of the understanding of near-earth asteroids.

College of Community Innovation and Education Student Wins UCF 3MT Research Competition

By: Thalia Torres on

Presentations on interrupting the achievement gap of students, technology for cooling devices, and understanding near-earth asteroids received the top prizes this year at UCF’s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

The international event challenges doctoral students to present their research in three minutes using only one slide as a prompt. Judging of the students is based on research, their presentation skills, and how they communicate their work to a general audience. The judges are non-scientists. This year was even more challenging because of the pandemic; students had to present via Zoom.

Hosted by the College of Graduate Studies and the Office of Research, ten finalists came from a wide range of disciplines, including criminal justice, engineering, sciences, nursing, sociology, and education.

Lauren Thomas from curriculum and instruction took first place with her presentation on Interrupting the Achievement Gap Ideology; Khan Mohammad Rabbi from mechanical engineering took second with his research on cooling devices, and Anicia Arredondo from planetary sciences came in third with her explanation of the understanding of near-earth asteroids.

The judges were Michael Aldarondo-Jeffries, director of academic advancement programs and interim director for the Office of Undergraduate Research; Corinne Bishop, social sciences and graduate engagement librarian; and Brian Creel, assistant director for UCF Career Services. The top finishers shared a total of $2,000 in scholarship prizes.

3MT started at the University of Queensland in Australia in 2008 and has since spread to 600 universities in 65 countries around the world.

Share This Article

Featured Content image

UCF Researchers Eagerly Awaiting First James Webb Space Telescope Images

UCF physics graduate student Olga Harrington Pinto is counting down the minutes until July 12. She is one of eight UCF researchers and one alumna who will be using the...

Read More

Featured Content image

UCF Hospitality Researchers’ Expertise Is Tapped for Global Sustainable Tourism Report

University of Central Florida hospitality researchers have co-authored an international report that identifies ways to ensure sustainable coastal and marine tourism around the globe. These include a renewed focus on stimulating new...

Read More

Featured Content image

The Performing Arts at UCF Empowers Community Members Living with Aphasia

A partnership between the School of Performing Arts, the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the Department of Psychology at UCF is helping improve the lives of people living...

Read More

Featured Content image

UCF Signs Educational Partnership Agreement with U.S. Space Force

UCF, the nation’s Space University, has now entered an agreement with the U.S. Space Force to help develop technology and an agile workforce ready for space. The two organizations recently...

Read More