Pharmacy student wins WSU thesis contest

PULLMAN, Wash. – Emily Johnson, a Ph.D. candidate from the College of Pharmacy, won Washington State University’s first university-wide Three Minute Thesis competition March 26.

The event, part of WSU’s annual Showcase celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence, was sponsored by the Office of the Provost. Another Showcase event, the Distinguished Faculty Address by the School of Music’s Gerald Berthiaume, also was Thursday.

Johnson studies pharmaceutical sciences – specifically how anti-cancer drugs affect sugar metabolism and heart health. She hopes her research will lead to a new way of combating heart disease in diabetics.

3MT was developed by the University of Queensland (Australia) and is a competition for doctoral candidates. Contestants have three minutes to deliver their thesis to an audience, including a panel of judges.

Each of the five contestants won an event at their respective colleges in order to qualify for the universitywide event.

Johnson will receive $3,000 toward attendance at a research conference of her choice.

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[March 27, 2015]