Cornell Doctoral Candidate Wins National 3MT Competition

By Katya Hrichak

Bhargav Sanketi virtually presents his winning 3MT
Bhargav Sanketi virtually presents his winning Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

Biochemistry, molecular and cell biology doctoral candidate Bhargav Sanketi won the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on Feb. 3 with his presentation, “To be or ‘knot’ to be: Blueprint for a small intestine.”

The CGS 3MT brought together the winners from the United States and Canadian regional competitions. The students virtually presented their dissertation research in just three minutes to a panel of judges and a general audience.

“I am elated,” said Sanketi. “I never imagined I would participate, much less win at the national showcase!”

Prior to participating in the CGS 3MT, Sanketi won second place at the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools’ regional 3MT, third in the Ivy+ 3MT, and first at Cornell’s 2021 3MT. Between competitions, he refined his presentation.

“I used to do a lot of theatre in undergrad and this felt a lot like that,” Sanketi said. “After a point there are not really too many modifications to make for a three minute presentation, so instead I worked on making it more engaging by working on my pace and delivery.”

To any students interested in competing in future 3MT competitions, Sanketi offers the following advice:

“Just do it! Center your presentation around the audience and tell them what made you interested in your thesis. And don’t be afraid to use humor.”