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‘Food for Thought’ takes cake at UND Three Minute Thesis competition

The School of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the winners of the 7th Annual 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition that was held Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Memorial Union.

Congratulations to the top three presenters in 2023.

First Place: Danielle Germundson-Hermanson, doctoral student in Clinical and Translational Science, “Food for Thought: Depression, Food Allergy, and the Histamine Hypothesis”

Second Place: Lydia Kantonen, master’s student in Biology, “How does soil bacteria change during grassland restoration?”

Third Place: Taylor Dolan, master’s student in Atmospheric Sciences, “The El Nino Southern Oscillation & Climate Change in the Northern Great Plains.”

All three students received cash prizes for placing in the competition. For a complete list of competitors and finalists, visit the 3MT website.

The competition recording will soon be posted on the website.

Germundson-Hermanson will advance to the regional 3MT competition hosted by the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) at their annual meeting, “Bridges to the Future,” which will be held March 27-29 in Portland, Ore., with the competition on March 29. More information about the regional competition can be found on the WAGS website.

The School of Graduate Studies would also like to give special recognition to the three additional students who were judged in the top two of their preliminary rounds and competed in the final round of the competition: Ahmed Essam Hassan Mohammed, master’s student in Chemical Engineering, Danielle Piggott, doctoral student in Clinical Psychology, and Joseph Useldinger, master’s student in Civil Engineering.

Finally, congratulations to all of the outstanding graduate students who worked hard preparing their 3MT talks and participated in the 7th Annual 3MT competition. These students are excellent representatives of the high quality and talent of and within UND’s graduate programs; also commended are the advisors for preparing and mentoring these students, and their respective graduate program directors for nominating them.