Graduate School

Fast-paced research communication competition 3-Minute Thesis returns to Watt Center November 11


Twenty-four graduate students—finalists in the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition scheduled for this Friday—will have just three minutes each to explain their research to a campuswide audience. The most informative and entertaining ones will take home cash prizes of up to $1,000.

The competitors will summarize and explain the relevance of their research in three minutes or less and will be judged on clarity, presentation, and more. Sponsored at Clemson by Graduate Student Government (GSG), the Graduate School, the Vice President for Research, and the colleges, the competition allows students to develop and hone communication skills they need as professionals but often don’t focus on as part of their usual studies.

The fast-paced research communication competition will be held in the Watt Center auditorium on Friday, November 11, beginning at 9:00 a.m. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend, and grad students in particular are encouraged to turn out and support the finalists from their program or college (see list of finalists below). Awards will be presented at 1:00 p.m.

The winner in the Ph.D. candidate category will compete against other universities at the Council of Southern Graduate Schools’ annual conference next year.

9:45       Mandeep Tayal, CAFLS, Plant and Environmental Sciences

9:50     Ibrahim Busari, CAFLS, Agricultural Sciences

9:55     Ezinne Sylvia Melikam, CBSHS, Public Health Sciences

10:00     Divya Agrawal, CAAH, Architecture

10:05     Rosemarie Somers, CAFLS, Agricultural Sciences

10:10     Arohi Singhal, CoS, Genetics and Biochemistry

10:15     Kally Werning, CBSHS, Communication

10:20     Harleen Kaur, CAFLS, Plant and Environmental Sciences

10:25     Sansriti Ranjan, CECAS, Electrical and Computer Engineering

10:30     Tanuj Gupta, CECAS, Mechanical Engineering

10:35     Ayushi Raj Dua, CAAH, Construction Science and Management

10:40     Dulip Madurasin, CECAS, Electrical and Computer Engineering

10:45     Rakhi Goswami, CoS, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences


11:00     Vishal Manjunatha, CAFLS, Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences

11:05     Kenzie Hurley, CBSHS, Psychology

11:10     Robert O’Hara, CoE, Education and Human Development

11:15     Yasir Mahmood, CECAS, Mechanical Engineering

11:20     Jasmine Gill, CAFLS, Plant and Environmental Sciences

11:25     Charini Maladen, CoS, Chemistry

11:30     Oluwaseun Aina, CoE, Education and Human Development

11:35     Muhammad Nawaz, CoS, Biological Sciences

11:40     Gargi Trivedi, CECAS, Electrical and Computer Engineering

11:45     Shivam Yadav, CECAS, Mechanical Engineering

11:50     Gabrielle Wilkos, CAAH, Rhetorics, Communication, & Information

1:00 p.m. Awards

Related Event: Research in Industry vs. in Academia
Thursday, November 10

Harold Hughes, CEO and founder of Bandwagon, and Chase Kasper, senior deputy director of the Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF), will join Patricia Randall of Princeton Consultants and faculty members Lori Dickes and Lisa Benson for a discussion of research in academia and industry on Thursday, November 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Self Auditorium at the Strom Thurmond Institute.

Comparing Research in Academia and Industry, sponsored Graduate Student Government (GSG) and the Graduate School will offer perspectives regarding how research is conducted and used in academia and industry.

The sponsors ask that you consider RSVPing if you plan to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Questions about the event can be directed to or