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Five of 10 Finalists for the Three Minute Thesis Contest Come from the College of Engineering

Seyedeh-Shirin Montazeri

Seyedeh-Shirin Montazeri

Five of the 10 finalists in the final round of the Graduate School’s inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) contest are from the College of Engineering. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on March 24 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. See event flyer. 3MT finalists will highlight their research in engaging three-minute presentations, with $1,000 going to the winner, $500 to the runner-up, and $500 to the People’s Choice as voted on by the audience. Light refreshments will be provided for the audience so, for catering purposes, pre-registration is requested: pre-register here »

The College of Engineering contestants will be Abhishek Choubey and Destenie Nock from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, Natesh Ganesh and Seyedeh-Shirin Montazeri from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and Hassaan Khan from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

“I urge you to sign-up for the event and root for them,” commented Professor Sundar Krishnamurty, the head of the MIE department, when he learned about the College of Engineering contestants.

“We are excited that UMass has joined a growing global network of institutions sponsoring 3MT competitions,” said John McCarthy, the senior vice provost for Academic Affairs and dean of the Graduate School. “These popular events challenge graduate students to communicate the significance of their research to a general audience, all in three minutes or less.”

He added that “We hope you will attend to cast your vote and encourage your colleagues and students to do the same!” (March 2017)