UConn’s 3-minute thesis (3MT) program challenges PhD students to talk about their thesis work in a short timeframe to a general audience. This “pitch” style defense program forces students to think about how their thesis impacts the broader world and to describe that impact in terms that all will understand. ┬áJian Ren, a senior PhD student in the McCutcheon Lab, competed with 15 other finalists in the program and placed 2nd for her talk on the worldwide water crisis and how her work in forward osmosis technology could help alleviate some of those problems. ┬áCongratulations!