November 15 marked the Iowa State University Graduate College's first Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. The goal of the event is for graduate students to summarize their research in three minutes or less to a non-expert audience. They are only allowed to use one static slide and no props. No time is built in for audience questions and the contestant can't even go one second over the 3 minute time or disqualification occurs. The winner of the competition receives a $500 scholarship and expenses paid trip to the regional competition. Second place receives $250 and third place $100.
Over 100 students applied for the competition but only 30 were chosen to compete. One of those thirty, Department of Animal Science graduate student Taylor Wolfer, placed second at the competition. Taylor is majoring in Meat Science and the title of her presentation was "Being Frank, Hot Dogs can be Healthy.” Taylor’s research focuses on analyzing an alternative to pork fat for use in processed meat products. Dr. Rodrigo Tarté, Meat Science Assistant Professor and Taylor’s major professor says "I am extremely proud of Taylor. This competition was very challenging, as it is university-wide and open to master’s and Ph.D. students. "
To watch Taylor's presentation go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23mJq0L2De8&feature=youtu.be and fast-forward to 1:35:20. The awards presentation starts at 2:44:00.