The Three Minute Thesis Preliminary Competition Continues this Friday

The Three Minute Thesis Competition continues with its final preliminary round this Friday, April 24th. This Friday's competition determines who will join the winners from April 17th’s round to compete in the UO Finals on May 1st and then in the State Championship on May 16th.

When asked about the experience, UO Finalist Brandy Todd said this, "I enjoyed the challenge. Making science accessible is what my research is all about, so being forced to distill it down to just three minutes was an excellent exercise in exactitude."

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, for research students.  The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of graduate students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

The winner’s for last Friday’s competition include Thomas Ptak from the Geography department with his talk on "Hydropower with Chinese characteristics? Dams, development and environmental sustainability in Yunnan Province, China", Alison Kaufman, Music, with her talk on "Benevento vs Charlemagne", Alec Tefertiller, Journalism & Communication, with  "Let's Just Wait Until It's on Netflix: Motivations for the Movie Theater", Brandy Todd, Educational Methodology and Policy, with "Little Scientists", and Christen Knowles, Special Education, with "Teach about the moon, don't drive there: Telehealth as a special education service delivery solution".

This Friday’s competition will include more presenters vying to move onto the UO Finals. Come vote for your favorite and enjoy food and raffle prizes! The event will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at 177 Lawrence Hall. RSVP here.

To participate in the Three Minute Thesis you must be currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Oregon.


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