2018 Three Minute Thesis in Aging

May 2, 2018

On March 21, the Institute for Public Health’s Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging hosted a Three Minute Thesis competition for current graduate students at Washington University in St. Louis.

Kakada Kuy, PhD in Social Work student, discusses his interests in supporting older adults in developing countries who live on less than $1 a day.

First developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) challenges students to communicate a topic they are passionate about to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes with only one static slide. The Friedman Center’s 3MT event featured 11 presentations that addressed a wide range of aging-related topics from a variety of perspectives. While 3MT events are typically only open to PhD students, this event was open to any professional or graduate student.


  • Kelly Connor, Brown School | Living Libraries: American Indian Elders
  • Ingrid Diep, Brown School | Postcards from Down Under: 20,000km Around Australia on Foot
  • Lameese Eldesouky, Arts & Sciences, Psychological & Brain Sciences | Another Year Older, Another Year Wiser? Emotion Regulation Strategy Selection and Flexibility Across Adulthood
  • Kakada Kuy, Brown School | You are 60, Sick, and Poor. What Do You Do?
  • Hannah Maybrier, Arts & Sciences, Psychological & Brain Sciences | Sleep-Wake Cycle and Spatial Navigation in Older Adults
  • Meghan McDarby, Arts & Sciences, Psychological & Brain Sciences | To Thine Own Self Be True: Choosing and Communicating End-of-Life Care Preferences
  • Taylor Patskanick, Brown School | Finding Fit: What Working in Gerontology Has Taught Me about My Next Move
  • Marta Stojanovic, Arts & Sciences, Psychological & Brain Sciences | Exercise and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Hsi-Chuan Wang, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts | Intergenerational Coresidence for Active Aging
  • Roger Wong, Brown School | Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Matthew Wynn, Arts & Sciences, Psychological & Brain Sciences | How to Say It: Disclosing a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

Presenters we’re judged on comprehension, content, and engagement; three received awards.

2018 Three Minute Thesis in Aging awardees: Marta Stojanovic, Meghan McDarby, and Roger Wong.

  • 1st place and People’s Choice – Marta Stojanovic
  • 2nd place – Meghan McDarby
  • 3rd place – Roger Wong