McDonnell Scholar Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition

Po-Cheng Lin presenting on stage

McDonnell Scholar Po-Cheng Lin delivered a winning presentation at the Three Minute Thesis competition during the McDonnell Academy 7th International Symposium in Beijing, China.

One of the highlights at the Symposium was the 3MT® Competition, featuring 15 students from McDonnell partner universities. The judges narrowed the winners to one student per theme, and the audience selected a people’s choice winner. Po-Cheng won in both categories with his presentation, “Turning Bacteria into Factories: Microbial Production of Fuels from Carbon Dioxide.”


Watch Po-Cheng in action at the 3MT® Competition!

Po-Cheng Lin and Peter Hoj

Po-Cheng Lin, McDonnell Scholar, and Vice Chancellor Peter Hoj, The University of Queensland, during 3MT® award presentation.

Po-Cheng Lin is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering. His thesis project focuses on engineering cyanobacteria, photosynthetic organisms, into fuel-producing factories in the hopes of one day reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.

Read more about Po-Cheng’s preparations for his 3MT® victory at WashU Department of Biology.