PhD on Tap: Research Showcase

PhD on Tap aims to provide an opportunity for PhD students across BU to share their research projects to faculty and students alike, learn about the ongoing research being conducted by colleagues and peers across the university, and to network with potential collaborators and mentors. The day began with a Keynote address by Dr. Lauren Easterling, MDIV, PhD of Indiana University School of Medicine entitled, “From balancing act to integration: Integrating research and practice into an academic career.”

The keynote was followed by Poster Presentations by early-stage PhD students interspersed with the final rounds of our Three-Minute Thesis Competition, featuring twelve PhD Candidate finalists.


Winners of 3MT and the Poster presentations were selected in four categories:

3MT First Place (Tie) 

Anna Berenson, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry (MCBB) Program, Department of Biology, “Paired Yeast One-Hybrid Assays to Detect DNA-Binding Cooperativity and Antagonism Across Transcription Factors”

Hannah Puttre, Counseling Psychology & Applied Human Development “Examining Curiosity in Early Childhood: Implications for Early STEM Learning and Persistence”

3MT People’s Choice Award:

Hannah Puttre, Counseling Psychology & Applied Human Development“Examining Curiosity in Early Childhood: Implications for Early STEM Learning and Persistence”

Poster Presentation Award:

Yiding Zhong, Mechanical Engineering, “Wet Etching of Silicon in 2-D Planar Nanochannels and Vertical Nanotrenches”