Seventh Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition

Event Date: March 3, 2023

Winners Finalists Judges Emcee Event Photos

Competition Finalists

  • Moza Coote

    Department: Learning and Instruction

    Advisor: Dr. Julie Gorlewski

    Biography: Hailing from Zambia, Moza Coote’s research aims to understand the mentored experiences of novice black women teachers and support more effective development experiences to improve retention. She is deeply passionate about serving the public schools where she has been a student, teacher, mentor and parent. In her current work, she and her colleagues champion the work of meaningful mentoring for new teachers, focusing on creating conditions where teachers can practice cultural responsiveness and equity for every student they serve. In addition, Coote enjoys painting, traveling and spending time with her family. In the future, she hopes to continue working with new teachers to support their transition into the classroom.

  • Min Ma

    Department: Molecular and Cellular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Roswell Park

    Advisor: Dr. Jun Qu

    Biography: Known by Siri as “minimum,” Tianjin, China native Min Ma hopes to use her research to facilitate a better understanding of the distribution of proteins in tissues and how that variability contributes to different diseases and treatments. In addition, she aims to develop a way to measure protein variability across tissue regions that may support drug efficacy and safety across the entire tissue and guide drug engineering and therapeutic efforts. Ma enjoys painting, reading, caring for plants and animals, learning new sports, and crafting in her spare time. Additionally, Ma is learning how to roller skate despite an unreliable vestibular system. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in pharmaceutical research to develop better treatments to benefit society.   

  • Md. Arafat Ali

    Department: Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

    Advisor: Dr. Nirupam Aich

    Biography: From Dhaka, Bangladesh, Md. Arafat Ali is a Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering PhD candidate and a member of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) and Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO). His research focuses on developing a nanomaterial to help remove specific contaminants called PFAS (Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance) from drinking water. His research aims to create a customized nanomaterial that will not only adsorb PFAS but also degrade the pollutant into smaller and less harmful pieces to ensure safety in drinking water. Ali’s hobbies include playing cricket, watching movies and tv shows, and he can make an ambigram from any name one dares to throw his way. Eventually, he would like to return to Bangladesh to continue working in academia and researching pollutant remediation.

  • Fae Hajhosseini

    Department: Comparative Literature

    Advisor: Dr. Kalliopi Nikolopoulou

    Biography: Originally from Tehran, Iran, Fae Hajhosseini’s research, based on the concept of the secret, aims to create a dialogue between two schools of thought that seem opposed to each other: Iranian philosophy and Western philosophy. Hajhosseini enjoys running and watching movies. She will remember useless details forever, does not accept jokes made about women and staunchly refuses to share her food. Hajhosseini hopes to procure a job in academia.

  • Mruganka Parasnis

    Department: Materials Design and Innovation

    Advisor: Dr. Prathima Nalam

    Biography: A native of Pune, India, Mruganka Parasnis’s research focuses on using sustainable biomaterials to remove heavy metals such as lead from water and soil. As part of the Student Climate Leaders Clutch event, she spoke with Vice President Kamala Harris on sustainability. When she’s not exploring what biomaterials can do to create a positive environmental impact, Parasnis can be found on the basketball court or playing the harmonium. Long term, she hopes to work as a research scientist in the field of sustainable biomaterials.

  • Leo Marecki

    Department: Biomedical Engineering

    Advisor: Dr. Ferdinand Schweser

    Biography: Leo Marecki’s research involves joining the capabilities of MRI scanners with PET scanners’ analytic powers to make visualizations more detailed and treatments more efficient. A member of the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center, ISMRM and PSMR, Marecki enjoys playing music, participating in sports, and developing 3D models. In the future, he would like to continue to seek challenges that improve his knowledge and skills in technological development and teaching.

  • Clayton Brady

    Department: Physiology and Biophysics

    Advisor: Dr. Mark Parker

    Biography: Rochester native Clayton Brady’s research explores how the respiratory and renal systems work together to maintain the body’s pH balance and how those mechanisms impact overall health. A member of the American Physiological Society and the American Society of Nephrology, Brady enjoys golfing, running, and hanging out with his wife and friends. Last year, he and his wife ran the Buffalo Marathon. A Ben & Jerry’s enthusiast, Brady’s favorite flavor reflects a New York upbringing: New York Super Fudge Chunk. In the future, Brady hopes to work as a physician-scientist in nephrology.