Texas A&M’s 2019 3MT finalists join Dr. Karen Butler-Purry, Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies
Topics presented at this year’s competition ranged from female students in STEM to shipbuilding, vaping, and historic preservation, among others.
Doctoral student Shivaranjan Raghuraman, who studies mechanical engineering, won the doctoral division competition with his talk on “Green Mechanochemistry” research. The People’s Choice Award, which is voted on by audience members, was given to Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology student Marcus Orzabal, who also won the Runner-Up prize in the doctoral division. Orzabal presented “Do You Vape?” In the master’s division, geography student Crockett Walter won the People’s Choice Award for presenting “Drone Precision Agriculture: Selecting Improved Varieties of Corn,” and biomedical engineering student Anna Kersey won the Runner-up prize for her talk about “Using Noble Metals to Direct Stem Cells.”
Texas A&M doctoral and master’s students compete in the annual competition and are judged by a panel of experts from the university and the local community. The competing researchers are evaluated based on their communication style, audience comprehension, and audience engagement. Students prepare for the competition with coaching and support from OGAPS, the University Writing Center, and the English Language Proficiency Program at the Center for Teaching Excellence.
The 3MT® concept was originally developed by the University of Queensland in Australia and has spread throughout the globe.