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CAHNRS 3MT Competition

Posted by | March 3, 2023


CAHNRS Three Minute Thesis

CAHNRS 3MT Competition

Date: Monday, March 20, 2023

Location: Ensminger Pavilion


  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

2023 Winners:

  • PhD Level

    • 1st Place: Samodya Jaysinghe
    • 2nd Place: Camille Wagstaff
    • People’s Choice: Samodya Jaysinghe

2023 Competitors:

  • PhD Level

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

2023 Winners:

  • Masters Level

    • 1st Place: Kellen Pautzke
    • 1st Place: Lynnanne Chao
    • People’s Choice: Henry Hurt

2023 Competitors:

  • Masters Level

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


  • Wendy Powers, Cashup Davis Endowed Dean, CAHNRS
  • Nick Dolce, Senior Director of Development
  • Kenitra Keeney, Coordinator WSU Extension
  • Jeremy Tamsen, Director of Innovation and Commercialization, CAHNRS Office of Research

CAHNRS Eligibility

  • PhD candidates pursuing a degree withing 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 third semester or later. Non-thesis students are not eligible. Master’s students are not eligible for the university 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 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 Cover Form (pdf).
  • 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 overall university competition on March 29, 2023.


Visit the official 3MT website here for additional resources.