The GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge

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    First Place
    Sarah Harris
    German

    So, You Fell in Love with a Machine...What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
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    Second Place
    Zhiyang Yu
    Mathematics in Finance

    Factor Timing Momentum
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    Audience Choice
    Sarah Harris
    German

    So, You Fell in Love with a Machine...What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

About Threesis

The Threesis Challenge is a vehicle to showcase the academic excellence and important scholarly work of GSAS master's students. Each participant has three minutes to present a compelling oration on the significance of their research in language appropriate for a non-specialized audience.

Eligibility

  •     Anyone who is enrolled in a GSAS master’s program
  •     Graduates of GSAS master's programs of the current academic year are also eligible

To enter the Threesis Challenge, complete the 2015 Threesis application and submit it to gsas.threesis@nyu.edu with your short abstract by the February 6, 2015 deadline. You can request an application by emailing gsas.threesis@nyu.edu or by speaking with a member of the GSAS Master's College Program Board.

Coming Up


The Fifth Annual GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge will take place on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

The Threesis Incentive Program allows for departments and programs to encourage student participation and support their students by offering departmental rewards of at least $300 to students who make it to the final round. To find out more, please click here.

Last Year

The Fourth Annual GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge took place April 12, 2014 in the Silver Center. A record number of students participated in the Qualifying Rounds vying for a spot in the Finals. Competitors presented their own research in engaging talks of three minutes or less to panels of judges comprised of faculty representing the three disciplines of the Graduate School of Arts and Science: the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Science.

Faculty advanced two competitors from each of the six qualifying groups using a three–part criteria: how well the competitor grasped their research, how accessible the language of the presenter was and how engaging the presenter made the three minutes. The resulting twelve finalists took the big stage in the Eisner & Lubin auditorium the following day to compete for the top prizes and coveted titles.

Finalists from across the GSAS disciplines engaged a full house and an esteemed finalist-judging panel composed of the Deans for the Humanities, Social Sciences and Science as they reached for the top titles. From talks ranging in topic from genome editing to marriage and politics in Elizabethan literature, the captivated audience and judges had their hands full selecting the winners. Dean Lauren Benton; Tamara Day, the President of the GSAS Master's College Alumni Association (MCAA); and the 2013 first place winner Alexsandra Mitchell presided over the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to the 2014 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge Winners:

First Place: Sarah Harris, Department of German
So, You Fell in Love with a Machine…What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Second Place: Zhiyang Yu, Math in Finance
Factor Timing Momentum

Audience Choice: Sarah Harris, Department of German
So, You Fell in Love with a Machine…What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

A special thank you to every GSAS Master’s Student who participated in the 2014 Threesis, the Wasserman Center for Career Development, the Threesis Mentors, The Threesis Qualifying and Finalist Judges, the Threesis Event Team, The GSAS Master’s College Program Board, the GSAS Master’s Alumni Association Executive Board and every department and program at the Graduate School who participated in the Threesis Incentive Program, without whom this event would have been impossible.

Congratulations to all the 2014 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge Participants!

Updated on 11/04/2014