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2015 Winners 

Male and two females holding glass 3MT trophies and smiling at camera

From left Lincoln Sheets, Arianna Soldati and Jessica M. Anderson. 

Thirty doctoral candidates participated in the first annual Mizzou Three Minutes Thesis competition. 

From two preliminary nights, 12 winners advanced to the semi finals: Nathaniel Graham, Madeline Miller, Surya Sapkota, Arianna Soldati, Tasia Taxis, Jessica M. Anderson, Lincoln Sheets, Sarah E. Smith, Page Quinton, Scott Askinosie, Sarah E. Lirley McCune, and Maria Jones.

The six who advanced to the finals were:  

  • Jessica M. Anderson, Political Science: Is Justice Always Blind?
  • Scott Askinosie,  Biological Sciences: Can the eyes of a plant help feed the world?
  • Sarah E. Lirley McCune, History: Why Death Matters
  • Lincoln Sheets, Informatics: Using medical computing to predict health problems before they start
  • Sarah Smith, Biological Engineering: Humans inside green pigs
  • Arianna Soldati, Geological Sciences: How to stop a lava flow

At the Mizzou 3MT® finals, which were held at 4 PM on October 24, first place went to Arianna Soldati; second place to Jessica M. Anderson and the People's Choice, to Lincoln Sheets, MD. Each winner received a crystal 3MT® trophy and cash prizes as follows: First Place ($500); Second Place ($300) and People’s Choice ($200). The overall winner also becomes eligible to compete at other 3MT® competitions. 

A video of Arianna at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools and photos from all rounds of the 2015 competition at Mizzou can be found on Facebook at 

Watch the six Mizzou 3MT finalists