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CAHNRS 3MT Competition

CAHNRS Three Minute Thesis

CAHNRS 3MT Competition

  • Date: Monday, March 20, 2023
  • Location: Ensminger Pavilion
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

2023 Winners:

PhD Level

  • First Place: Samodya Jaysinghe
  • Second Place: Camille Wagstaff
  • People’s Choice: Samodya Jaysinghe


2023 Competitors:

PhD Level

Dowen Jocson
  • Department: Entomology
  • Presentation Title: Can you hear me now? Experimental delivery methods for pear psylla acoustic mating disruption
Mugal Samrat Dahal
  • Department: Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Presentation Title: Change in Water Erosion following Conservation Practice Implementation
Camille Wagstaff
  • Department: Molecular Plant Sciences
  • Presentation Title: Beet leafhopper-vectored Curly Top Virus and Bacteria
Kiersten Ritchie
  • Department: Entomology
  • Presentation Title: Reproductive mechanisms of evolutionary differentiation of honey bees (Apis mellifera)
Qingyan Meng
  • Department: Molecular Plant Sciences
  • Presentation Title: Climate change and a red alder symbiosis solution
Samodya Kushani Jayasinghe
  • Department: Plant Pathology
  • Presentation Title: A love/ hate triangle in emerging potato diseases
Caleb Wagner
  • Department: Food Science
  • Presentation Title: Unlocking the Potential of Plant-Based Proteins
Mark Jacob Schrader
  • Department: Biological Systems Engineering
  • Presentation Title: Heating aromatic oils for sustainable pest management

2023 Winners:

Master’s Level

  • First Place: Kellen Pautzke
  • First Place: Lynnanne Chao
  • People’s Choice: Henry Hurt

2023 Competitors:

Master’s Level

Henry Hurt
  • Department: Plant Pathology
  • Presentation Title: Food from Waste: Transforming Organic Wastes into Gourmet Mushrooms
Kellen Pautzke
  • Department: Entomology
  • Presentation Title: Soil and mosquitoes: Not just any dirty water will do
Barakatullah Mohammadi
  • Department: Food Science
  • Presentation Title: Can Fresh Rice Noodles on Grocery Shelves Make You 
Kesevan Veloo
  • Department: Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Presentation Title: Baking a Better Future: IoT in Drought-Proofing Wheat
Gianna Desch
  • Department: AMDT
  • Presentation Title: How OTT influences Gen Z’s fashion trend adoption
Olivia Shaffer
  • Department: Entomology
  • Presentation Title: Urban Agriculture Supports Stable Bee Communities
Lynnanne Chao
  • Department: AMDT
  • Presentation Title: US Consumers’ Attitudes, Preferences and Buy Behavior towards Modern Qipao
Jennifer Darner
  • Department: Horticulture
  • Presentation Title: The economic impact of the western tarnished plant bug feeding on potatoes grown in the Columbia Basin
India Cain
  • Department: Horticulture
  • Presentation Title: Utilizing a non-destructive approach to improve uniformity of Phase 2 fruit samples in the Washington State University Apple Breeding Program
Roshani Baral
  • Department: Plant Pathology
  • Presentation Title: Don’t let your blueberries turn gray!
Noah Willsea
  • Department: Horticulture
  • Presentation Title: Can you have your cake and eat it too? Optimizing the tradeoffs between sunburn and red color in apples


  • Wendy Powers, Cashup Davis Family Endowed Dean, CAHNRS
  • Kenitra Keeney, coordinator, WSU Extension
  • Jeremy Tamsen, director of innovation and commercialization, CAHNRS Office of Research

CAHNRS Eligibility

  • PhD candidates pursuing a degree within CAHNRS. PhD students must be in good standing with CAHNRS.
  • Master’s level students pursuing degrees within CAHNRS. Master’s level thesis students should be in their third semester or later. Non-thesis students are not eligible. Master’s students are not eligible for the university-wide competition.
  • CAHNRS will host the competition on a single day with separate judging for PhD candidates and master’s level students.
  • Entrants located on the Pullman campus must present face-to-face.
  • Entrants located on branch campuses or at R&E centers are allowed to videotape their presentation. In keeping with the same requirements set forth for Pullman campus presentations, these must be taped in front of an audience, to be determined by the student and the CAHNRS 3MT Committee. Videos must be received 3 days prior to the face to face competition in order to be judged. If a student off campus wins the CAHNRS 3MT competition, they must travel to Pullman to take part in the university-wide competition on March 29, 2023.

Proposal Process

Proposals must be submitted to the CAHNRS 3MT Committee via ( Proposals must follow a specific format:

  • Completed submission form.
  • Expanded abstract, including methods, results and real world application. No more than two pages, double spaced, using 12 pt. font and 1″ margins.
  • Slide that will be used during the CAHNRS 3MT competition. Only one slide is permitted in the competition.
  • Photograph (mug shot) to be displayed on CAHNRS 3MT competition website.
  • Completed release form (pdf).

The CAHNRS 3MT Committee will determine which proposal moves forward to the formal CAHNRS competition. The winner of the CAHNRS competition will move on to the university-wide competition on March 29, 2023.

Visit the official 3MT website for additional resources.