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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.


10:00 a.m. — Welcome from the Dean
10:10 a.m. — Presentations 1-8
10:50 a.m. — Intermission
11:00 a.m. — Presentations 9-16
11:45 a.m. — Audience Choice Vote
Noon — Event Concludes

Finals Judges

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

  • Mayor Lauren McLean — City of Boise
  • Greg Bowman — Program Director, Boise Hive & Boeing Engineer (retired)
  • Lisa Sanchez — Former City Council Member, City of Boise
  • Tiam Rastegar — Trailhead Boise

Thank you to our preliminary judges

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

Ashley Leavell — Biology, M.S.

Biochar Impacts on Soil and Sagebrush Seedling Establishment in the Sagebrush Steppe

Steve Gabbitas — Master of Business Adminstration

Bridging the Gap: From Education to Employment

Ajay Reddy Pisati — Civil Engineering, M.S.

Evaluating the Effect of Fines Content on Shear Strength of MICP Treated Infills for Geocells

Bridget Bittmann — Hydrologic Sciences, M.S.

How are Urbanization and Climate Affecting Irrigation Water Demand in the Lower Boise River Basin?

Arden Engel — Biology, M.S.

Interactive Effects of Microbial Community Structure and Soil Moisture on Wyoming Big Sagebrush Performance

Kaci Parker — History, M.A.

A Revolution in their Minds: The Jesuit Expulsion and Its Impact on Education Before the French Revolution

Aman KC — Geosciences, M.S.

Greenland, A Wonderland of Ice: Mapping the Changes of Glaciers Under Changing Climate

Sarah Halperin — Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Ph.D.

Balancing Societal Needs for Urbanization and Food Production in the Face of Farmland Loss

Cody Wolf — Biomolecular Sciences, Ph.D.

Developing New Drugs to Increase Survivability of Breast Cancer Patients

Adrian Rodriguez — Master of Public Health

Improving Hispanic Family Caregiver Projects: Identifying How Unique Barriers and Cultural Values Influence Service Utilization and Caregiver Roles

Hannah Richardson — Geoscience, M.S.

Evolving Stream Drivers in a Rapidly Warming Alaska: Examining the Source of Stream Water as Glaciers Disappear

Danielle Siegel — Biomedical Engineering, Ph.D.

Is Your Baby Safe? How Rolling is Altered by Commercial Infant Products

Laci McCabe — Counseling M.A.

Effects of Media Pressure and Perfectionism on Men’s Body Image

Rebecca Miller — Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D.

Implementing a Sacrificial Polymer Layer to Enable the Recyclability of Poly (ethylene terephthalate) in Packaging Release Liners

Kym Couch — Public Policy and Administration, Ph.D.

Unheard Victims of COVID-19: The Impact of Mask Use on Communication for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

Dalton Miller — Chemistry M.S.

Quantification of Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species from Cold Atomospheric-Pressure Plasma for Bacterial Inactivation