Northern Michigan University has announced the winners of its 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, an annual competition held at over 600 universities in more than 65 countries that gives graduate students the opportunity to showcase their research.
The graduate winner Kathryn Bianga is an MBA student at Northern Michigan University whose research was on the Opportunities and Challenges of Cloud Computing for small and medium enterprises.
“It felt great to be recognized as the 3MT winner,” said Bianga. “It was my first time presenting original research and condensing it into 3 interesting minutes was a challenge.”
Bianga receives $500 and is able to travel to the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools conference in St. Louis to compete at the regional level.
The runner-up in the Graduate category was Veronica Snow of the Biology department and the People's Choice award was given to Jaime VanEnkevort of the School of Education, Leadership, and Public Service.
McNair Scholars at NMU also were eligible to participate. In the McNair category, 1st place and People's Choice were awarded to junior neuroscience major Cecilia Ruiz and the runner-up position was filled by Brittany Moore of the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center.
Judges for the 3MT competition were: Lizzie Corser of the Ore Dock Brewing Company, Jim LaJoie of the Superior Health Foundation, Chad Mager of Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development, Evelyn Massaro of WNMU-FM Public Radio 90 and Jason Nicholas of NMU Institutional Research & Analysis.