3MT Finalists and Judges

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Three-Minute Thesis® Competition Finalists

4:00 – 5:00 PM | Merten Hall, Room 1201

Energy & Aging: The Estrogen Connection
Patricia L. Sinclair, College of Science

Diasporic Hindu Nationalism and Purity Politics in the South Asian American Community
Pavithra Suresh, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Using Dragonfly Exuviae as a No-Kill Approach to Monitor Mercury along the Freshwater Potomac River
Doreen S. Peters, College of Science

Destigmatization and the Politics of Time
Mozella Brown, Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution

Polymer Electrode Materials for Green and Sustainable Batteries
Motahareh Mohammadiroudbari, College of Science

Measuring profiles and patterns of leadership behavior
Steven Zhou, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Don’t you know that you’re toxic? Detecting forever chemicals using invasive clams
Lauren Koban, College of Science

Large-scale Screening Under Uncertainty
Marwan Shams Eddin, College of Engineering and Computing

Looking at the Heart of Active Galaxies: A Microscopic View Using High-Resolution Radio Observations
Onic Islam Shuvo, College of Science

The other side of leader humor: An investigation of leader humor from the follower’s perspective
Tiancheng Chen, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Hyperspectral Signature Development for Aircraft-Induced Clouds from Aerial and Ground-Based Sensors
Amy T. Rose, College of Science

Three-Minute Thesis® Competition Judges

James Dooley
James Dooley, GMU Department of Religious Studies, is a past District Governor of Toastmasters International, and has taught communication and leadership skills for more than 35 years. He has competed in many speaking contests of his own, winning several at the highest levels of competition and not making it nearly all the way in others — so he understands what some of today’s contestants are feeling! — and he encourages all public speakers and educators to exercise their abilities outside of their comfort levels. Before coming to George Mason, Professor Dooley served with the International Social Services branch of the American Red Cross, specializing in the tracing and reunion of family members separated by wars and disasters, and was a National Instructor of International Humanitarian Law.

Kamaljeet Sanghera, Ph.D.
As Executive Director of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, Dr. Sanghera and her team support the research community in the pursuit of cutting-edge work to shape the future of our digital society, promoting equality, wellbeing, security, and prosperity. She serves as a point of contact to unite George Mason University (Mason) IDIA researchers with the broader community. Dr. Sanghera is also an active member of the Students and Technology in Academia, Research, and Service (STARS) program and the National Center of Women in Technology (NCWIT).

Megan Bruening, Ph.D.
Megan joined the George Mason community as the Assistant Director of Graduate Fellowships in 2021 and became Director of the Office of Fellowships in 2022. Her role is to recruit and support currently enrolled and alumni students applying for nationally competitive, external awards. Megan brings a holistic, process-focused approach to advising, guiding students to grow as scholars and professionals during an application. With her colleagues she sees fellowship advising as an avenue for social justice and transformation.

Lisa Kahn, Ph.D.
Lisa Kahn, retired Associate Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts, George Mason University has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Europe and the Middle East, presently involved in studies at Caesarea Maritima, Israel and Pompeii, Italy. She holds her degrees from Boston University (Ph.D.), and the State Universities of New York at Albany and New Paltz. We are honored to have her back on campus.