Fri, Apr 14, 2023

5 PM – 6:45 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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2023 3-Minute Thesis Competition

Final Round:
Friday, April 14, 5:00pm-6:45pm EST

Sudler Hall, 100 Wall Street

The 3-Minute Thesis Competition challenges Ph.D. students to describe their thesis work clearly and engagingly in just 3 minutes!  We invite the Yale community to cheer on this year's 10 finalists in this live celebration of Ph.D. research and see who will be crowned the 2023 winner by our esteemed panel of judges:

  • Lynn Cooley, Dean of the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Bert Eshaghpour '79 Ph.D., President, Wego Chemical & Mineral Corporation
  • Katherine Cohen '97 Ph.D., CEO and Founder, IvyWise
  • Kim Boehm '92 Ph.D., President, UC San Diego Alumni Board of Directors; Board Member: Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties, LEAD San Diego, and Reality Changers; Former Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Mills College
  • David Sanchez '84 M.Phil., CEO, Sanchez Global LLC and Managing Director, Zanbato Securities

During the event, you will be able cast your vote for the People's Choice awards so be sure to register now!

Meet the 2023 3MT Finalists


  • Sophia Richardson (7th year, English):Reading the Surface in Early Modern English Literature”
  • Thomas Munro (4th year, Classics):The Contexts of Classical Reception in Post-War Britain”

Social Sciences

  • Kathryn Graves (5th year, Psychology): Minds in Motion: How the Human Brain Gives Rise to Real-World Navigation”
  • Nghiem Huynh (5th year, Economics): "Bridging the Economic Divide: Lessons from Vietnam”

Biological Sciences

  • Elizabeth Woo (4th year, Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program): Investigating the Neurons Susceptible to Degeneration: A “GLO1”-wing Hint
  • Sateja Paradkar (5th year, Pathology): Implicating PARG in Cancer Drug Resistance"

Physical Sciences

  • Zili Shen (4th year, Astronomy):Finding the Biggest Dwarf Galaxies in Our Cosmic Backyard”
  • Kaustav Mitra (5th year, Astronomy): Weighing Galaxies to Quantify Some Fundamental Properties of the Universe”

Engineering & Applied Sciences

  • Anna Lynn (4th year, Biomedical Engineering): How Can We Cure Disease Before Birth?”
  • Alaaddin Ibrahimy (2nd year, Biomedical Engineering): Drug Affinity in Brain: A New Approach in Early Phase Drug Development”


Honorable Mentions

First Place Winner in the Humanities Division; will not be competing in Finals

  • Trina Hyun (7th year, English): "In the Beginning was the 'Medium': A Literary History of 17th-Century Theology and Technology"

Second Place Winner in the Social Sciences Division; will not be competing in Finals

  • Tristan Yates (5th year, Psychology): The Secret Life of Babies: An fMRI Approach to Infant Perception and Memory”


  • 1st Prize:  $1000
  • 2nd Prize:  $500
  • 3rd Prize:  $300
  • People's Choice Award – Humanities/Social Sciences: $300
  • People's Choice Award – STEM: $300


Please contact Hyun Ja Shin, Director of Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Services, or Jacob Gonzalez, Senior Associate Director, with any questions.

Yale’s 3-Minute Thesis Competition is sponsored by the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association.  It is a collaboration between the offices of the McDougal Graduate Student Center:  The Poorvu Center for Teaching & Learning, the Graduate Writing Lab, Graduate Student Life, the Office for Graduate Student Development & Diversity, and the Office of Career Strategy.

Yale’s event is modeled on the 3-Minute Thesis Competition founded by the University of Queensland.  3MT competitions are now held at over 900 universities and institutions across 85 countries around the world.

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