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Students Excel in NDSU Graduate Student Showcase

Department of Plant Sciences master’s students Ana Magallanes Lopez and Kutay Yilmaz won People’s Choice Awards for their presentations in the NDSU Graduate Student Showcase held in conjunction with the Three Minute Thesis Competition.

February 28, 2019

North Dakota State University held its fifth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition and Graduate Student Showcase February 21, 2019 in the Memorial Union. The event was hosted by the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies and highlighted graduate student research. A thesis or dissertation would typically take nine hours to present. Competitors in the 3MT were given three minutes to present their research in terms anyone can understand. Graduate students also presented posters and gave demonstrations of their work in the Graduate Student Showcase.

Cereal Science master’s student Ana Magallanes Lopez and Plant Sciences master’s student Kutay Yilmaz participated in the Graduate Student Showcase and won People’s Choice Awards for their work. Magallanes won the award for her poster Has Wet Milling an Impact on Starch and Gluten Fractions?, co-authored by Professor Frank Manthey and Associate Professor Senay Simsek. Magallanes Lopez is advised by Simsek. Yilmaz won the award for his tabletop display Grain Sorghum Can Be a Viable Alternative Crop for North Dakota. He is advised by Professor Burton Johnson.

Six graduate students from the Department of Plant Sciences presented their research in the Three Minute Thesis preliminary round.

  • Plant Sciences doctoral student Pradeepika Chintha presented Sweet Potato Bioactives for Type 2 Diabetes Relevant Health Benefits. She is advised by Kalidas Shetty, professor.
  • Plant Sciences doctoral student Seyedali Hosseinirad presented How Can We Increase Yellow Pigment in Pasta to Prevent Cancer?. He is advised by Elias Elias, professor.
  • Plant Sciences doctoral student Edoardo Poletti presented Potato Soft Rot: Characterizing Resistance in NDSU Germplasm. He is advised by Asunta Thompson, associate professor.
  • Cereal Science doctoral candidate Ramnarain Ramakrishna presented Beyond Beer: Barley as a Potential Climate-resilient Functional Food. He is advised by Kalidas Shetty, professor.
  • Cereal Science doctoral candidate Serap Vatansever presented Enhancing Yellow Split Pea Flour Utilization through Flavor Modification Using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Extraction. She is advised by Clifford Hall, professor.
  • Plant Sciences master’s student Kutay Yilmaz presented Sorghum Production Offers Human Health and Agro-ecological Benefits. He is advised by Burton Johnson, professor.

About 60 graduate students from a variety of disciplines were nominated by faculty in their major department to present their research. Faculty, community members and graduate student representatives served as judges for the competition. Cash prizes were given to the winners of the preliminary round, overall competition, and showcase. The overall 3MT winner was biological sciences doctoral student Elisabeth S. Wilson. She will advance to the regional competition in Tucson, Arizona. Read more at  

Author: Kamie Beeson,
Editor: Shannon Ueker,

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