Graduate scholar Misael Romero-Reyes won both first prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Laney Graduate School’s 2021 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. The annual competition, based on a model developed at the University of Queensland, challenges late-career graduate scholars to describe their thesis work in three minutes or less to a non-expert audience. Misael presented his dissertation work with the Heemstra Lab.
The idea for 3MT was developed at a time when the state of Queensland was suffering severe drought. To conserve water, residents were encouraged to time their showers, and many people had a three minute egg timer fixed to the wall in their bathroom. The then-Dean of the UQ Graduate School, Emeritus Professor Alan Lawson, put two and two together and the idea for the 3MT competition was born.
Today, 3MT is held in over 900 universities across more than 85 countries worldwide. The 2021 LGS competition was held virtually.
Misael is a talented science communicator whose time at Emory has been marked by achievements in and outside of the lab. He is a founder of the International Graduate Students and Scholars (IGSS) and a mentor with Emory SEED. During his graduate career, Misael helped to develop a new advanced chemical biology lab as well as a biochemistry course for Chemistry Unbound. Most recently, he developed his own upper-level Emory College course on chemistry and the environment as a 2021 Dean’s Teaching Fellow.
And his research? if you have just three minutes, you can learn all about it by viewing his winning presentation!