Biomedical Sciences Student Wins People’s Choice Award at Three Minute Thesis Competition

Congratulations to Nashrah Ahmad, a fourth-year Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. student, who was awarded the People’s Choice Award at Kent State University’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition in October.

Ahmad, who studies osteoarthritis in the lab of Tariq M. Haqqi, Ph.D., a professor of anatomy and neurobiology, describes her presentation for the competition as delivering a mini TED Talk.  

“We had to communicate our research idea in an engaging manner to a lay audience. They said even your grandmother, who knows nothing about osteoarthritis, should also understand it like you. It was really challenging — we couldn't use any science jargon or technical terms,” she says.

Taking her research international

Ahmad is also excited to continue sharing her research with others. Since winning the People’s Choice Award at Kent State University’s 3MT® competition, she was selected to receive KSU’s Graduate Student Senate (GSS) International Travel Award to present her research internationally.

She plans to present her research at the Osteoarthritis Research Society International 2020 World Congress next April in Vienna.

Watch Ahmad’s 3MT® presentation on YouTube.


Photo courtesy of Kent State University's Division of Graduate Studies

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