On December 3, the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) held its Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition that challenges master’s and doctoral students to describe their research topic and its significance in just 3 minutes to a general audience.

3MT seeks to enhance the profile of graduate students both within the university and the wider community. 3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 3MT is designed to rather encourage students to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries.

Two finalists emerged from the CAST 3MT and will be competing at the University level:

  • Bethany Wohrley (Department of Agriculture): “Pennycress Establishment Following Corn” (Thesis chairperson: Dr. Nicholas Heller)
  • Breiann Richey (School of Kinesiology and Recreation): “The Effectiveness of Myofascial Release on Overhead Athletes with Posterior Shoulder Tightness” (Thesis chairperson: Dr. Nikki Hoffman)

The Illinois State University 3MT finals will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 24, at the Normal Theater. Finalists will compete for cash prizes, and the first-place winner will be entered in the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools competition in April.

Congratulations to the CAST finalists!