Sarah Gyurina ’22 won the top prize in the Oral Communication Center’s Three Minute Thesis Competition on May 7.

The environmental studies major’s thesis topic was “We’re Staying Put: How Place Attachment Builds Wildfire Resilience in Cazadero, Calif.” (video)

Neuroscience major Kaylee Davis ’22 took the second-place prize of $750 for her thesis “The Effect of Sleep on Stress,” (video) and Anna Goula ’22, a world politics major, won $500 for third place with her thesis “Conflicting Interests: International Peace versus Domestic Prosperity.” (video)

Two students tied for the People’s Choice award. Katie Neilsen ’22, a biology major, presented “PFAS pollution in Six Mile Creek: A silent killer?,” and chemistry major Allanah Wood’s ’22 thesis topic was “Photoredox Catalysis: A Powerful Tool for Chemical Modification.” Both students won $250.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) traditionally “celebrates the exciting research conducted by Ph.D. students. Developed by the University of Queensland, the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.” Funding for the 3MT at Hamilton comes from the Ferguson Endowment, which advances oral communication across campus.

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