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?

The Results Are In

Congratulations to the 2015 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge Winners:

First Place: Theresa Ten Eyck, Department of Biology
Mushrooms & Microbes Working Together to Degrade Oil in Soil

Second Place: Kirtan Kaur, Environmental Health Sciences
We Are What We Breathe: A Look into the Effects of Air Pollution on the Developing Heart

Third Place: Anna Reumert, Near Eastern Studies
Intimate Strangers: Practices of Syrian Refugees in Beirut

Audience Choice: Vincent M. Luo, Department of Biology
The Induction of Th17 Cells by Segmented Filamentous Bacteria

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

2015


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

Students in the finals rounds of the GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge competed for prizes totaling $3,000 offered by the Graduate School of Arts and Science and a chance to claim the coveted title of Threesis Champion. Members of the audience at the final rounds voted for and awarded a $750 prize to the Threesis Audience Choice Winner.

The Threesis Champion also won eligibility to present at the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin this November. You can learn more about Falling Walls at their website by clicking here.

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.

2014

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 04/13/2015