School of Medicine students excel in UNC's Three Minute Thesis competition

Patrick Lang, a doctoral student in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, recently took the top prize in the Three Minute Thesis competition, sponsored by the The Graduate School. Nancy Quick, a doctoral student in the Department of Allied Health Sciences’ Speech and Hearing Sciences program won the People’s Choice Award at the competition.

School of Medicine students excel in UNC's Three Minute Thesis competition click to enlarge Lang, Shannon Blakey (Department of Psychology) and Quick

This was UNC-Chapel Hill’s second annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. The competition featured ten students from a wide range of academic disciplines. Each had three minutes to present their research to the audience using only one Powerpoint slide and no props.

Patrick Lang, a doctoral student in cell biology and physiology, won the competition and advances to the March 2017 regional competition in Annapolis, MD.

Lang, whose topic was “Improving the treatment of childhood brain cancer,” received a plaque and $1,000, as well as travel expenses to the regionals.

Shannon Blakey, a doctoral student in psychology and neuroscience, was the second-place winner, and received a plaque and $600. Her topic was “The harm of just in case: the paradoxical effect of safety aids on anxiety.” Nancy Quick, a doctoral student in speech and hearing sciences, was the people’s choice winner (selected by the audience) and received a plaque and $400. Her topic was “A multi-linguistic analysis of spelling errors.”

A panel of judges assessed finalists on criteria related to comprehension, content, engagement and communication.