Science in Seconds

October 25, 2021
Marissa Milstein in the rainforest

Marissa Milstein, PhD in Veterinary Medicine, advised by VBS Assistant Professor Peter Larsen and VPM Assistant Professor Tiffany Wolf, won first place among CVM participants in the latest St. Paul Campus Science in Seconds competition co-hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences(CFANS), College of Biological Sciences (CBS), and the Colelge of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) which tasks 12 scientists with paring down their research to an 180 second pitch. 

Based on the Three Minute Thesis competition or 3MT, an annual competition held in over 200 universities worldwide, Science in Seconds provides graduate students an opportunity to present their research in 180 seconds. Their presentations must be delivered in an engaging way that can be understood by an audience with no background in the research area. This exercise develops presentation, research and academic communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to explain their work effectively. Students who succeed at this event will go on to compete with others at the University and beyond. 

At the virtual event, held Monday, Milstein distilled her experience living and working with the Waiwai, an indigenous community in the Amazon rainforest. Milstein will move on to represent the CVM in the University-wide Three-Minute Thesis competition on Nov. 12, the winner of which will compete regionally in March.