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Three Pharmaceutics Graduate Students Advance in Three Minute Thesis Competition

Posted on: October 26th, 2018 by herman

October 26, 2018

By Whitney Tarpy

OXFORD, Miss. – Rishi Thakkar, Amit Pillai and Gauri Shadambikar, three graduate students in the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, have advanced to the next round of the UM Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis competition.

Pharmaceutics 3MT Finalists

(L to R) Rishi Thakkar, Amit Pillai and Gauri Shadambikar each move on to the next round of the Three Minute Thesis competition.

The Three Minute Thesis competition highlights the research conducted by graduate students. Developed by the University of Queensland, the competition shows students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills. The event is meant to develop their capacity to explain their research in three minutes in a manner in which a non-specialist audience can understand.

The students will go on to present their research on Nov. 8 at the Jackson Avenue Center. The grand prize winner of UM’s final round will compete at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools’ annual meeting in February.

The students will present on the following thesis titles:

Rishi Thakkar – “Optimization and Characterization of an Anti-inflammatory, Bio-adhesive Semisolid Formulation using ‘Quality by Design’ Approach via Hot Melt Extrusion Technology”

Amit Pillai – “Light Sensitive Self Assembled Micelle”

Gauri Shadambikar – “Preparation and Evaluation of Valacyclovir Hydrochloride Ocular Inserts by Hot Melt Extrusion Techniques”

For more information on the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, go to For more information on the 3MT competition, see