College of Arts & Sciences

Sharkey wins A&S 3MT with gritty presentation


3mtA PhD student in Psychology took home first place amongst Arts & Sciences students competing in OSU’s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) contest finals, held Feb. 22 at Edmon Low Library.

Christina Sharkey, advised by Dr. Larry Mullins, took first with her presentation on the role of grit in coping with chronic illness. In addition to a cash prize, Sharkey will represent the College of Arts & Sciences at the university-wide 3MT Finals.

The top two colleges based on number of 3MT college-level competitors will also send their second-place winners to compete in the university-wide finals.

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Below is a full list of Arts & Sciences award winners.

First Place:

Christina Sharkey

Degree: PhD Psychology

Advisor: Dr. Larry Mullins

Topic: The Role of Grit in Coping with Chronic Illness

Second Place:

Gayan Premaratne

Degree: PhD Chemistry

Advisor: Dr. Gopan Krishnan

Topic: Sensor for Early Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Third Place:

Will Wiggins

Degree: PhD Integrative Biology

Advisor: Shawn Wilder

Topic: Spiders use Flower Power

People’s Choice:

Biraj Kayastha

Degree: PhD Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Advisor: Dr. Marianna Patrauchan

Topic: To Bind or Not to Bind is the Question

Will Wiggins

Degree: PhD Integrative Biology

Advisor: Shawn Wilder

Topic: Spiders Use Flower Power

Eunhye Kim

Degree: MS English

Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Link

Topic: Intercultural Communicative Competence Development through English Speaking  and Listening Courses