Ashley Chapin a campus-wide winner of the Three-Minute Thesis Competition | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Ashley Chapin a campus-wide winner of the Three-Minute Thesis Competition

The University of Maryland Graduate School has announced seven campus-wide winners of the Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT). Bioengineering Ph.D. student Ashley Chapin is one of the winners of this international competition that challenges students to explain their research in just three minutes.

Chapin’s video, “Demystifying The Gut-Brain-Axis,” reflects her dissertation work. She is advised by Professor Reza Ghodssi (ECE/ISR) and is in the latter stages of completing her thesis, "Serotonin Sensor Technology Integration into In Vitro and In Vivo Systems as Research and Clinical Tools to Address the Gut Brain Axis."

In 2019, Chapin won the bioengineering category in the poster session at Bioscience Day for “Dynamic In Vitro Biosensing with Flexible Microporous multimodal cell interfacial sensors.”

About 3MT
First developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, the Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT®) challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

The U21 3MT international competition pits the leading presenters from each U21 member university against one another. Each participating member holds its own internal 3MT competition to select a local winner who is put forward for the U21 final, to be judged by an international panel consisting of industry and academic professionals.

3MT provides research students with the opportunity to develop their academic, presentation, and research communication skills by explaining their research to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. The local competitions challenge students to present face-to-face, and the virtual final hones skills associated from being filmed for an international audience, receiving international peer review, and gaining skills surrounding the presentation of their research to a wider audience.

Published May 22, 2020