Graduate School Events Showcase UO’s Research Excellence

Linda Konnerth (Brian Davies/The Register-Guard)

Last week the Graduate School hosted two events that showcased the innovative and passionate graduate student research taking place across campus.

Three Minute Thesis

On Wednesday, May 8, eleven finalists competed in our first ever Three Minute Thesis championship. The Three Minute Thesis challenges students to explain their research in layperson language in only three minutes and accompanied by only a single, static PowerPoint slide. Condensing months or years of research into a three minute presentation forces students to distill their work into the most important elements.

Students were evaluated by a panel of three judges, Kimberly Espy, vice president for research and innovation and dean of the Graduate School, Sandra Morgen, vice provost for graduate studies and associate dean of the Graduate School, and Robert Voelker-Morris, a consultant for the Teaching Effectiveness Program with expertise in digital presentations. Students’ communication style, comprehensibility and ability to engage the audience were judged. “It’s hard to know sometimes when you’re so involved in a discipline what other people don’t know and what they do know,” finalist and marketing doctoral student Elizabeth Minton told The Register Guard.

Linda Konnerth (linguistics doctoral student), for her presentation entitled "A Descriptive Grammar of Karbi," emerged with the $500 first prize, followed by runner-up Matthew Goslin (geography doctoral student), who presented his research on "Torrent sedge: an ecosystem engineer aiding restoration.” The audience gave Meaghan Emery (geological sciences doctoral student) the People’s Choice award for her use of Lindsay Lohan’s changing styles as a metaphor for variation in modern artiodactyls. Each received a monetary award.

Click to watch the winning presentations: Linda Konnerth (first prize) | Matthew Goslin (runner-up) | Meaghan Emery (People's Choice)

Click here to read a recap of the event in The Register-Guard. (Photo by Brian Davies/Register-Guard.)

Graduate Student Research Forum

The 4th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum, “Research for Tomorrow,” took place on Thursday, May 9, in the EMU.

Nearly 100 students from 30 disciplines shared their research in one of 18 interdisciplinary panel sessions, roundtable discussions, or during the event’s signature poster session and event reception.

“Interdisciplinary, cross-unit events like the Research Forum are an ideal setting for learning, research collaboration, and professional development for our graduate students,” said Sandra Morgen, vice provost for graduate studies and associated dean of the Graduate School.

The poster session included a research visualization contest led by the UO Libraries. All posters were judged on the basis of how well the graphics conveyed central research themes, how the use of color and fonts added to research communication, originality, and, most importantly, the aesthetic and visual impact of the poster to support the overall research presentation.

Meaghan Emery (geological sciences doctoral student) took home first prize, followed by runner-up Christina Bollo (doctoral student in architecture) and third-prize winner Benjamin Mood (doctoral student in computer and information science). Each received a ribbon and Duckstore gift card.

Click here for a gallery of photos from the Research Forum, including user-submitted Instagram photos.

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