Chemistry and Biochemistry

PhD Chemistry Candidate Diana Saavedra Wins 3MT Competition and People's Choice Award

Posted: Mar 22, 2017

Congratulations to PhD Chemistry Candidate Diana Saavedra for taking first place in the CPMS College 3MT competition and being selected as People's Choice award winner for the College. As winner of these awards she will receive $2,000.00.

3MT, meaning “Three Minute Thesis,” is an annual event that challenges students working on a graduate degree to present their thesis in just three minutes. And to make matters more interesting, the students must explain it using language that a non-specialist audience will understand.

The judges critique participants on how well they: 1) explain their research; 2) spark the audience’s desire to know more; and 3) communicate in language “appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.”

"I'm grateful for the opportunity that I have to study at BYU, and for the amazing research that is being done here. I felt very honored to be able to represent the College of Physical and Mathematics Sciences.This is definitely a very special university and I'm trying to take every chance that I have to learn," says Saavedra.

Below is her video presentation on "Total Synthesis Anticancer Deoxypodophyllotoxin." 


Photographer: Lauren Stolworthy

Writer: Taelin Wilford