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Biology PhD students ace 3 Minute Thesis competition

Posted on 7 July 2021

The University of York Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition challenges PhD students to educate and engage the audience with their research in just three minutes.

This year’s event, held 10 June, was a really terrific showcase for University graduate research and three of Biology's PhD students took part: Joanna Greenman, Laura Cowell and Theo Issitt. 

Their presentations were accessible, informative and engaging and all three did a great job at showcasing some of the fantastic research taking place in our Department. We are also pleased to share that Theo and Laura were declared winner and runner-up in the competition, respectively, following the deliberations of the expert panel, and Theo won the "people's choice" vote as well. Congratulations to all involved!

If you missed the event, or want to watch it again (or share with your friends) it is now available to watch on YouTube - we highly recommend you take a look!

Find out more about the 3 Minute Thesis competition.

Theo Issitt (Mechanistic Biology)

Title of talk: The smell of cells

"The 3MT process has helped with my own personal understanding of my work investigating volatile organic compounds released from human cells and how that translates to diagnostic applications.Teaching and explaining is one of the best ways to learn and stripping down a complex subject and explaining something to the most basic level helps with my own understanding and my ability to communicate complex ideas.”





Laura Cowell (Mechanistic Biology)

Title of talk: The recipe for making muscle

“The 3 Minute Thesis competition is a fantastic opportunity to explain the impact and significance of your research to a non-specialist audience. Summarising a thesis in just 3 minutes is such a challenge and allowed me to further develop my communication skills, learn new techniques, and improve my confidence when presenting. I learnt so much from the 3 Minute Thesis process and would highly recommend it to anyone considering applying next year!”



Joanna Greenman (Mechanistic Biology)

Title of talk: Platelets: A clot more than you think…

“I'm really pleased I took part, it was a great opportunity to share my research to such a wide audience. It really challenged me to think about, what is my research all about, why might other people be interested too and how can I explain all the jargon in a meaningful way?"