The “Three Minute Thesis” (3MT®) Competition

The Temple University Graduate School and campus partners host an annual 3MT® Competition. This competition allows graduate students from the schools and colleges to share a three-minute version of their research with a lay audience. Participating students compete for scholarship awards from the Graduate School.

In preparation for the competition, participating students engage in several professional development seminars. These seminars include professional communication training and mock presentations. The 3MT® Competition at Temple University helps doctoral students hone their communication skills and connect with graduate students across the institution. Temple’s first-prize winner moves on to compete at the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools’ 3MT® Competition.

On April 12, the Spring 2023 competition was held before a live audience for the first time. Earlier competitions were held via Zoom.

3MT® Competition Student Presenters


Temple Affiliation

Research Title

FIRST PLACE – Astha Upadhyay

Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering

Recycling of Electronic Waste: Trash to Treasure


Chemistry, College of Science and Technology

Green Hydrogen: A Step Towards Clean Energy

Shashiprabha Dunuweera

Chemistry, College of Science and Technology

A Novel System for Effective Cancer Therapy

Niamh Farrell

Political Science, College of Liberal Arts

China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Public Opinion on Sovereignty: Evidence From the Former Soviet Union

Carolina Gonzalez

Biomedical Sciences/Organ Systems and Translational Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Circle of Life: Treating Heart Inflammation with Circular RNA

Soni Jha

Business Administration/Strategic Management, Fox School of Business and Management

Firms’ Collocation Decisions and FDI: Disentangling the Impact of Location Centrality vs. Firm Embeddedness on Firm Productivity

Meng-Shan Lee

Music Therapy, Boyer College of Music and Dance

The Effect of Song-Based Interventions on Psychosocial Factors for Adults in Rehabilitation and Their Caregivers

Naida Elena Montes

Geography and Urban Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Homes as Protective Spaces and Sites of Environmental Burden

Muktak Tripathi

Business Administration/Accounting, Fox School of Business and Management

Asymmetry in Operating Efficiency and Managerial Ability

3MT® Competition Moderator and Judges



Temple Affiliation


Dustin Kidd

Director of General Education, Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor and Chair, Sociology, College of Liberal Arts


Jamael Harrison

Assistant Director for Undergraduate Strategic Initiatives, Undergraduate Studies


Valerie Harrison

Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Linda Hasunuma

Assistant Director, Center for the Advancement of Teaching

3MT® Competition Planning Committee


Temple Affiliation

Mark Kaloko

Director of DEI and Career Advancement, Graduate School

Shawn Schurr

Associate Vice Provost, Graduate School

Crystal Austin

Assistant Professor of Instruction, Counseling Psychology, College of Education and Human Development

Julia Falcon

Director of Graduate Affairs, College of Liberal Arts

Robert McMahon

Senior Career Coach, Career Center

Keyana Moody

Coordinator of Graduate Student Services, College of Engineering

Megan Nyquist

Project Manager, Office of the Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives

Christina Owings

Associate Professor of Practice, Marketing, Fox School of Business and Marketing

Theresa White

Director of Graduate Programs, Kornberg School of Dentistry

Hayley Wight

Graduate Assistant, Graduate Affairs, College of Liberal Arts

For questions about the 3MT® Competition at Temple University, please contact Mark Kaloko, Director of DEI and Career Advancement, at