UCF students will participate in a quick research competition


Ten UCF students pursuing their doctorates in biomedical sciences, engineering, criminal justice, education and other disciplines will give it a try.

The competition will take place at 3 p.m. on November 17, at the Morgridge International Reading Center on UCF’s main campus.

The 10 finalists preselected by the committee will have three minutes to present their research to a jury. The best will have a chance to come away with a prize of $ 1,000 for first place and $ 750 for second.

The public is invited to watch and vote for their favorite presentation, giving a contestant a chance to win the Audience Award of $ 250.

Not only will students have to condense the presentation of their research, but they will also have to make it understandable to the public. The judges, none of whom have extensive knowledge of the issues involved, will select the winners based on how effectively they communicate their research.

Chuck Didier ’15, ’19MS, who earned her BSc in Biomedical Sciences, MA in Nanotechnology and is currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, was eager to put her communication skills into practice during the competition. As a member of UCF’s Nanoscience Technology Center, he is often exposed to students working on a wide variety of research projects and is eager to share his research, although he is also nervous.

“Sometimes you can feel very embarrassed when discussing your research with other students,” explains Didier. “The more you do, the more control and confidence you can gain in the space you work in.”

His research is focused on finding new ways to tackle the opioid crisis collaboratively in order to create new patient-centered approaches using biosensors. “It is by working with others that we can make the greatest progress,” says Didier.

The competition is a great opportunity for students to hone the skills they will need to be successful in their careers and to share their research with others in an understandable way. The experience also facilitates peer-to-peer camaraderie and exposes students to a wide range of subjects across disciplines. From the presentation by Boniesta Melani, major in education, on a linguistic study of corpus of idiomatic sentences; the groundbreaking study of thin films by electrical engineering major Sreeram Sundaresh; computer alum Amirfarhad Nilizadeh ’21MSIt’s about reliable automated repair of programs, viewers will be able to witness cutting edge research in just under 180 seconds.

Judges for the fall 2021 competition include UCF First Lady Melinda Cartwright, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Andrea Guzman, and Chair of the Writing and Design Department. rhetoric Sherry Rankins-Robertson.

The jury will select the winners based on the following criteria:

  • Communication style: Has the subject of the thesis and its meaning been communicated in appropriate language to an intelligent but non-specialized audience?
  • Understanding: Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Engagement: Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?

3MT started at the University of Queensland in Australia in 2008 and has since grown to 600 universities in 65 countries around the world.

The College of Graduate Studies is hosting the competition and videos of all presentations will be posted on the Graduate Studies website after the event.

Learn more about the surgraduate.ucf.edu/3mt competition.

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