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University 3MT® Finals

Congratulations to our 3MT® winners.

(l to r) Emcee Mayor Will Joyce, Srijana Karki, Kendall Anderson, Christina Sciarrillo, Dean Sheryl Tucker and Joe Beisel of Halliburton.


For Kendall Anderson, who knew that a brief presentation on pecans and gut immunology would bring her out of her shell.

Yet, in doing so, the nutritional science Master’s student was able to win the Oklahoma State University Three-Minute Thesis® on Nov. 6, ahead of 12 other competitors from across the university.

Something even she had a hard time conceiving prior to the competition.

“It was something that I didn’t really quite frankly believe in myself and think that I could do this,” Anderson said. “And through this experience, it has done a lot for me.”

“I think that it has kind of busted me out of my shell because being in the spotlight is not exactly something that is easy for me.”

Anderson was “lovingly pushed” to present her presentation titled, “Pecans: Altering Communication between the Gut and the Immune System,” by her advisor, Dr. Brenda Smith.

Her performance ultimately won Anderson $1,000 and sends her to the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Regional 3MT® Competition in Knoxville come February.

However, that wasn’t the greatest reward for Anderson, who now has a new outlook on her research.

“I think that this really helped me fall back in love with my project and it helped me take a step back and look at the bigger picture,” Anderson said. “That’s what 3MT® is about.”

Anderson wasn’t the only nutritional science Master’s student to place.

Christina Sciarrillo joined her in the top two, grabbing both second place and the night’s People’s Choice award, which was voted by the audience. In her efforts, Sciarrillo walked away with $1,000 for people’s choice and $750 for second place.

Sociology doctoral student Srijana Karki brought in third place and $500.

3MT® winners: Srijana Karki (3rd), Kendall Anderson (1st) and Christina Sciarrillo (2nd and People's Choice).


Earlier in the day, the competitors and their advisors attended a luncheon where the students were asked what they would tell others considering participating in 3MT® in the future.

A few themes emerged as the 13 competitors spoke.

Having to present their research in front of an audience in layman’s terms, made them consider the bigger picture and gain a fresh perspective.

Multiple students also spoke about how preparing the talk made them more competitive at professional conference poster competitions and may have even opened new doors to funding or collaborations.

Overall, the students talked about the level of effort being significant, but worth it.

Click below to see the 2018 University 3 Minute Thesis® Finals Gallery.

Also, visit OState.TV to see each presentation.