St. Paul Science in Seconds

October 17, 3 PM - 5 PM

Cargill Building seminar room 105

Maroon background with the words "Science in Seconds" next to a beaker.

Could you explain a 50,000 word thesis in three minutes? They are going to try.

The St. Paul Science in Seconds event is co-hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) and the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). 

Based on the Three Minute Thesis competition or 3MT, an annual competition held in over 200 universities worldwide, Science in Seconds provides graduate students in CFANS, CBS, and CVM 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.


3:00 Welcome & Introduction of Judges

3:15 Introduction of Participants & Presentations

4:15 Voting for People’s Choice Award

4:45 Winners Announced


Presenters will have three minutes and one slide to explain their research. Presentations will be scored based on three criteria: comprehension, content, engagement, and communication.


  • Susan L McClanahan, DVM, MPH, Minnesota Board of Animal Health, '08 School of Public Health
  • Thomas Molitor, PhD, Department Chair, Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine
  • Lindsay Pease, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Soil, Water and Climate, CFANS
  • Rahul Roy, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biology, St. Catherine University
  • Margaret Wagner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, CFANS alumna, MS '10 applied plant sciences
  • Claire Wilson, Content Strategist, College of Biological Sciences


  • First place — $500
  • Viewer's choice — $250


Participants will be announced in early October.