Speed dating for research: UO Three Minute Thesis competition underway

UPDATE (5/6/2015): The UO Graduate School will host its first Three Minute Thesis championship even on Wednesday, May 8 in the EMU Fir Room at 4:00 p.m. Eleven finalists will have three minutes to explain their research in layperson language, accompanied by a single, static PowerPoint slide. No other props are permitted. Prize money will be awarded to judge- and audience-voted winners.

Finalists are Jay Breslow (critical and sociocultural studies in education), “The Community Creativity Collective (C3): a Collaborative Creation Capitalizing on  Combined Concepts;” David Craig (philosophy), "(Re)Interpreting Kant's View of the Human/Animal Relation;" Meaghan Emery (geological sciences), “Variation in modern artiodactyls and implications for Oreodont phylogeny;” Matthew Goslin (geography), "River restoration and torrent sedge (Carex nudata): an ecosystem engineer in action;" Linda Konnerth (linguistics), "A descriptive grammar of Karbi;" Elizabeth Minton (marketing), “Marketing & Obesity: The Influence of Non-Profit Partnerships;” Will Moore (psychology), “On the rewarding prospect of becoming oneself: imaging social influences on developing neural networks;” Geoff Ostrove (community and regional planning), "Using Polyrational Communication to Create Flexible Water Quality Protection Policies;" Xinjia Peng (east Asian languages and literatures), “The Iconicity of Consonants in Action Words;” Danielle Seid (English), “sTop in the name of what?: Drag Racing Toward Marriage Equali-T;” Prakaiwan Vajrabhaya (linguistics), "Size Matters: Stretching the Limits of Linguistics

Students will be evaluated by a panel of three judges on their communication style, comprehensibility and ability to engage the audience. During the championship round, the audience will be invited to vote for their favorite presentation.

The UO, Oregon State University and Portland State University plan a statewide competition in 2014, with winners from each campus vying for the state championship. “For the audience, it’s kind of like speed-dating; it’s speed-learning,” said Sandra Morgen, vice provost for graduate studies and associate dean. "Attendees get the opportunity to digest a treasure trove of very cool research in a short amount of time.”

Three prizes will be awarded in the championship round:  $500 for first place, $200 for the runner-up, and $200 for the people’s choice (audience favorite).


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