Group of students pose for a photo.

Food Insecurity Focus of Winning 3MT Presentation

Anthropology graduate student Patricia Mathu presented the winning talk during the annual 3-Minute Thesis competition Nov. 29 sponsored by The University of Alabama Graduate School.

Fifteen graduate students presented their research for no longer than three minutes each after which a panel of judges selected the top four winners while the audience selected a People’s Choice winner.

The 3MT® is a research communication competition that challenges graduate students to give a compelling presentation on their research and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 

the winners of the competition stand on the stage
From left: Patricia Mathu, Braden Hall, Atta Ur Razzaq and Swarnali Chatterjee.

Winners include:

First Place ($1,500 scholarship) – Patricia Mathu, Anthropology – “Food Insecurity on Campus”

Second Place ($1,000 scholarship) – Swarnali Chatterjee, Biological Sciences – “From Gut to Brain: How Dietary Molecules Resolve Neuroinflammation”

Third Place ($750 scholarship) – Atta Ur Razzaq, Chemical and Biological Engineering – “Upcycling Waste Plastics to Filters for Water”

Fourth Place and People’s Choice ($250 scholarship for fourth place and a $750 scholarship for the People’s Choice award) – Braden Hall, Psychology – “Redefining Flirting”

Mathu will go on to represent UA at the Southeast regional competition in Greenville, South Carolina, in March.

Visit UA Graduate School’s Facebook page to view the presentations.


Jennifer Brady, UA Strategic Communications,