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Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:59

OSU names finalists for three-minute thesis contest

The Oklahoma State University Graduate School has announced the 10 finalists who will compete for $2,500 in prize money by providing short but compelling explanations of their research projects in the first-ever Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) on Tuesday, June 25, from 6:30– 8 p.m. in the Student Union Theater.

“We congratulate the finalists who were chosen from more than 40 entries because they were best able to offer quick but meaningful overviews of their extensive research projects,” said Associate Provost for Graduate Education Sheryl Tucker. “We invite the public to help promote the competition next Tuesday by offering a receptive audience, and also help decide which contestant should receive the people’s choice award.”

The finalists, their departments and hometowns include:

Shanshan Cai, Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, Wuhan, China

Cynthida Dobbs, Ph.D. student in biochemistry, Stillwater, Okla.

Holly Hansen, English, Ph.D. student, Las Vegas, Nev.

Wali Islam, M.S. student in chemical engineering, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Gabrielle Johnson, Ph.D. student in educational psychology, Belmont, Calif.

Youwei Lu, Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, Harbin, China

Ambardar Medhavi, Ph.D. student in zoology, Dollar Bay, Mich.

Shaun McCoshum, Ph.D. student in zoology, Las Vegas, Nev.

Nabin Poudel, M.S. student in veterinary biomedical sciences, Myagi, Nepal and

Siewe Siewe, Ph.D. student in geography, Kumba, Cameroon.

The idea for the competition started at the University of Queensland in Australia as an exercise to develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills and support the development of students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. The school offers an overview at www.threeminutethesis.org.

A panel of judges will select a first place winner who will receive $1,000 in prize money with $750 for second place, $500 for third and $250 for a people’s choice selection, explains Tucker. The event is free and open to the public.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten graduate students will compete for $2,500 by providing compelling but short explanations of their extensive research in the first-ever Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) at Oklahoma State University on Tuesday, June 25, from 6:30– 8 p.m. in the Student Union Theater.

The 10 finalists were selected from more than 40 OSU graduate student entries in this first year of competition, according to Associate Provost for Graduate Education Sheryl Tucker. “We believe this program is an exciting way for graduate students to hone their presentation, communication and engagement skills, and we invite the public to attend,” said Tucker, who also serves as dean of the OSU Graduate College.

The idea for the competition started at the University of Queensland in Australia as an exercise to develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills and support the development of students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. The school offers an overview at www.threeminutethesis.org.

“Students are essentially explaining what can be an 80,000-word thesis in three minutes or less, which means they must know and understand the essence of their research and be able to express its importance in a clear and engaging way for others to understand,” said Tucker.

A panel of judges will select a first place winner who will receive $1,000 in prize money with $750 for second place, $500 for third and $250 for a people’s choice selection, explains Tucker. The event is free and open to the public.