Graduate students present their research in three minutes

Thursday, October 13, 2022

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Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine held its annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition on October 11. Using a single slide and free of research jargon, 13 graduate veterinary student researchers summarized their work in just three minutes in front of their colleagues and a panel of judges. .

Congratulations to the 2022 winners:

  • 1st place ($300): Vanessa Claire Santos, Ph.D. student – “Viral and cellular proteins cooperate to make herpes reactivate”
  • 2nd place ($200): Mego Terhuja, Ph.D. student – “Virus-like-particle (VLP) for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) – mucosal vaccine”
  • 3rd place ($100): Pabasara Weerarathne, Ph.D. student – “An innovative approach in the fight against bobcat fever: a parasitic disease in cats”
  • People’s Choice ($300): Vanessa Claire Santos

“Honestly, I was surprised when my name was called,” Santos said. “The other participants also did very well. It took a few seconds for it to sink in and it was amazing to win first place, both by the judges’ decision and the audience votes. I feel truly blessed.

As the first-place winner of vet college, Santos will compete in the varsity competition at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Student Union Theater.

Dr. Clint Jones, a Regents & Sitlington endowed professor and Santos research advisor, was delighted with his victory.

“Vanessa is an excellent student who works very hard and interacts well with everyone in the lab,” Jones said. “I am extremely proud of his accomplishments.”

The judges were premier cowboy Darren Shrum; entrepreneur Sheila Kraybill; and John W. Howell of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

For more information about CVM’s Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, visit the CBSC webpage.

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