2021 3MT Winners

On November 12, eleven graduate students competed for cash prizes as they presented their research in three minutes with one slide.

The competition took place at Rowe Auditorium with a public composed of varied audience: students, professors, politicians and personalities working in different companies of the Charlotte area. A live stream allowed relatives, family, and friends to watch competitors in real-time and vote for them (The People’s Choice Awards).

The finalists were chosen from a field of 74 students who participated in the preliminary rounds via Zoom.

The judges for the finals were:

  • Jenel Cotto, Senior HR Manager, JELD-WEN
  • Tobe Holmes, Planning & Development Director, University City Partners
  • Mujtaba Mohammed, State Senator, NC General Assembly
  • Victoria Watlington, Councilmember, City of Charlotte

Amanda Sargent (Organizational Science-CLAS): 1st Place

Presentation Title: “What is it about “who you know” that gets you ahead? Implicit intersectional bias in employee referral programs”.

Click here to watch her presentation!

Farida Yasmin (Biology CLAS): 2nd Place

Presentation Title: “Into the Wild: Wild Soybean as our Savior!”.

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Shanique Lee (Curriculum and Instruction COED): 3rd Place

Presentation Title: “Loving and Leaving the Classroom: Contextualizing the Attrition of Black Women Teachers from Urban Schools”

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Kelsey Sikon (Civil Engineering – ENG): People’s Choice award

Presentation Title: “Presence of Microplastics in Wastewater Treatment Plants”