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3MT Finals Program

Welcome to the eighth-annual Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) at Boise State University!

An 80,000 word PhD thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit… 3 minutes.


1:00 p.m. — Welcome from the Dean
1:15 p.m. — Presentations 1-6
1:45 p.m. — Intermission
1:55 p.m. — Presentations 7-12
2:20 p.m. — Audience Choice Vote
2:30 p.m. — Event Concludes

Finals Judges

Thank you to our judges for serving on today’s panel.

  • Jillana Finnegan — Strategic Projects Executive Director, CWI
  • Tiam Rastegar — CEO & Executive Director of Trailhead Boise
  • Tamara Thompson — Current Alumni Association President
  • Tom Prohaska — Co-Founder, CEO and Chair of the Board of Idaho Trust Bank

Today’s finalists are listed below in the order in which they will present, you can scroll through to find the name you are looking for, or you can jump to the student you are searching for by selecting them from the “jump to section” button.

Competitor List

Mabin Dahal — Civil Engineering, M.S.

Evaluating the Synergy of Geocell and Microbial-Induced Calcite Precipitation (MICP) in Enhancing Pavement Base Stability: A Field Study on US 95

Jeremy Herrera — Biomolecular Sciences, Ph.D.

From Misfolds to Fluorescence: Enhancing RNA Sensors for Biotechnological Breakthroughs

Mackenzie Bennett — Anthropology, M.A.

Animal Biographies: Measuring the Efficacy of Empathy Adjacent Language

Madilyn Paul — Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D.

Using computers to investigate materials that can generate power sustainably and inexpensively.

Matt Peck — Counselor Education and Supervision, Ph.D.

Equipping Students to Be Heroes Against Bullying

Haley Bridgewater — Biomolecular Sciences, Ph.D.

Dissolvable Microneedles Used to Vaccinate Through the Skin

Jianna Gimenez — Master of Public Health

Drastic Measures: Understanding Chemical Exposures in the Modern World

Addie Lupercio — Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D.

Enhancing Nuclear Power Safety, Economic Viability, and Advancing Innovation through the Understanding of Fracture Behavior in Nuclear Fuels

Caleb Merritt — Creative Writing, M.F.A.

“Dyfficuhlteh Mhineous” — Poetry We “Don’t Get” Can Save Our Practice of Writing, Our Poets, & Our Population

Jenni Gudapati — Public Policy and Administration, Ph.D.

A Process Map for Promoting Successful Industry Academic Partnerships for Curriculum Development: Integration of Multiple Streams Framework and Stakeholder Theory

Noah Souza — Biomolecular Sciences, Ph.D.

Using a Salmonella Protein to Reduce Foodborne Illness

Edson Valdisimo — Master of Educational Technology

Revolutionizing Education Through the Integration of Artificial Intelligence In Demographically Challenged Classrooms