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CESR'S Annual Poster Session for Research in Sustainability and Resilience

2023 Poster Session & Three Minute Thesis Competition

Tuesday, June 6th, 2023

Poster Session: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Reception: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Open to Faculty, PostDocs, and Graduate Students)

Ford Design Center Room 2350 (the Hive)

RSVP to attend, and reserve a space for your poster


2023 Poster Session

Past Poster Sessions

Three Minute Thesis Competition


Join our showcase of research in sustainability and resilience at McCormick and around the university! Representatives from our second and third round Seed Grant project teams will be present to share their work with the CESR community, with the first and fourth round teams invited to present as well.  Students and postdocs working on Seed Grant projects are eligible to represent their research teams at the event.  This is a great time to catch up on your colleagues' newest breakthroughs and find common connections.  

Faculty and students working outside of CESR's Seed Grant teams are also encouraged to submit posters for the event.  Receive feedback on ongoing projects, and find your next research collaborator from among the leading sustainability researchers at Northwestern.

Current Ph.D. students are also encouraged to take part in CESR's first Three Minute Thesis competition, the winners of which will be announced at the poster session.  This is a great chance to practice your speaking skills, as well as a forum for builidng your academic network.  See below for full details. 

CESR's Annual Poster Session for Research in Sustainability and Resilience Participants: MAY 2022

CESR held its inaugural Poster Session for Research in Sustainability and Resilience on May 17th, bringing together representatives of all 13 Seed Grant teams and a large crowd of interested students and faculty from around the university for lively research discussions.  

Posters presented:

Multi-scale analysis of electrocatalytic reactor processes using a combined experimental and modeling approach, Linsey Seitz, Niall Mangan, Brianna Ruggiero, and Jithin George

Nature-Inspired Enhanced Microplastics Digestion- Capture and Biodegradation by Flexible Fibers with Attached Microorganisms, Kyoo-Chul Park, George Wells, and Leyun Feng

Sensing Material Properties as Nature Intends, James Hambleton, Simge Küçükyavuz, and Anastasia Nally

Towards a Circular Bioeconomy: Recovery of Nitrogen as a Value-Added Product from Farm Animal Manure, George Wells, Keith Tyo, Rashmi Raj, and McKenna Farmer

What is the air quality and CO2 impact of an electric vehicle transition?, Adilson Motter, Daniel Abrams, and Daniel Horton

Community Vulnerability Index: Examining resilience to overlapping hazards, Amanda Stathopoulos, Emőke-Ágnes Horvát, and Elisa Borowski

Connecting microscopic reprocessing to macroscopic properties for a circular plastics economy, Muzhou Wang, Jeffrey Richards, and Julia Kalow

Unified modeling of flowside initiation and runout, Giuseppe Buscarnera, Petia Vlahovska, and Ming Yang

ViSER (VIsualizing Suspension Electro-Rheology): a new tool for interrogating microstructure in fast-flowing suspensions, Jeffrey Richards, Michelle Driscoll, Brendan Blackwell, and Han Lin

Towards Engineering Metamaterials for Sustainable Energy Solutions: Local Thermal Properties of Grain Boundaries in Polycrystalline Materials, Oluwaseyi Balogun, G. Jeffrey Snyder, and Baojie Lu

Towards Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Recovery of Critical Metals from Waste, Benjamin Shindel, Samuel Lombardo, Vinayak Dravid, and Jean-François Gaillard

Microscopic Model of Stress Relaxation in Biopolymers and Composites, Can Aygen, Jiajun Luo, and Matthew A. Grayson

Characterization Standard for Stress Relaxation in Reprocessable Covalent Adaptable Networks, Claire Onsager, Can Aygen, Mohammed Bin Rusayyis, Lev Rovinsky, Noa Lachman, John Torkelson, Matthew A. Grayson

Relaxations Limited by Non-Gaussian Diffusion, Alain Kangabire, Kevin Considine, Can Aygen, Matthew A. Grayson

Life cycle assessment of emerging sustainable polymer processes, Sabyasachi Das

Reprocessable Polythiourethane dynamic networks, Logan Fenimore

Putting carbon markets to work on the path to net zero, Krupal Jawanjal



Three Minute Thesis Competition

CESR will be hosting a Three Minute Thesis competition for the first time in 2023, with the winners announced at the poster session on June 6th.  Entry is open to any current Northwestern Ph.D. student working in sustainability, who are encouraged to submit a video recording of 3 minutes or less summarizing their thesis research for a non-specialist audience.  

Submissions will be accepted until May 15th, with all entries posted publicly online and available to watch at the poster session.  Winners will be determined by a panel of judges, to be announced shortly, with prizes going to the top three finishers.

Submission Process


Judging Criteria

About Three Minute Thesis


Submission Process

CESR is partnering with the Three Minute Thesis competition for this event, which is based at the University of Queensland.  Videos will be uploaded to and hosted on our Youtube page, with the winners shared on Three Minute Thesis' website.  To apply, please follow these steps:

1) Create your slides.  A template for the introductory slide can be found below, with one informational slide of your own design permitted as well.

2) Design, record,and upload your video.  You can access a step by step guide on video creation for Three Minute Thesis here (also linked in the resources section below).  Instead of uploading it to Vimeo, though, you will be sending your file directly to us as part of Step 4.

3) If you will allow CESR to post your video publicly on our Youtube channel and website, please fill out the Northwestern photography waiver, linked below.  An equivalent permission form for the Three Minute Thesis site can also be found below, which will host our winners with permission.

4) Upload your video, waivers,  and a copy of your slides to CESR's registration page.  

CESR 3MT Event Registration Page

Video Recording and Upload Instructions

Photography Waiver, University of Queensland

Photography Waiver, Northwestern University

Slide Template

Example Videos


  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through speech (timing does not include the 3MT title slide and commences from when the competitor starts speaking, not the start of the video).
  • Videos must meet the following criteria:
    • Filmed on the horizontal;
    • Filmed on a plain background;
    • Filmed from a static position;
    • Filmed from one camera angle;
    • Contain a 3MT title slide;
    • Contain a 3MT PowerPoint slide (top right corner/right side/cut to)
  • A single static slide is permitted in the presentation. This can be visible continuously, or ‘cut to’ for a maximum of 1 minute.
  • The 3-minute audio must be continuous – no sound edits or breaks.
  • No additional props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment and animated backgrounds) are permitted within the recording.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps or songs).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
  • Please note: competitors *are not* judged on video/ recording quality or editing capabilities. Judging will focus on the presentation, ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience and the 3MT PowerPoint slide.


Judging Criteria

Comprehension and Content

  • Presentation provided clear background and significance to the research question
  • Presentation clearly described the research strategy/design and the results/findings of the research
  • Presentation clearly described the conclusions, outcomes and impact of the research

Engagement and Communication

  • The oration was delivered clearly, and the language was appropriate for a non-specialist audience
  • The PowerPoint slide was well-defined and enhanced the presentation
  • The presenter conveyed enthusiasm for their research and captured and maintained the audience’s attention


Three Minute Thesis


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.  Inspired by the 3 minute egg timers Queensland residents used to time their showers during a drought in 2008, the competition encourages students to consider their own research in new ways, while building new opportunities for dialogue and collaboration between individuals and working groups.

At present, 3 Minute Thesis competitions have been held in more than 900 universities across more than 85 countries.  

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