The GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge

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    First Place
    Hannah Leffingwell
    French Studies

    The Red Dykes: Changing the World, One Lesbian at a Time
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    Second Place
    Shafeka Hashash
    Politics

    The Communist Cripples
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    Third Place
    Justin Yeh
    Biology

    Hunting for a Link Between Polarity and Cancer: A Tale of Interacting Cells in the Early Worm Embryo
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    Audience Choice
    Anastasios A. Mirisis
    Biology

    Connecting With Our Past – How Studying Memory Formation Will Bring Us Closer to a Cure for Alzheimer's

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

This Year


The Sixth Annual Threesis Academic Challenge took place on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

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. A special thank you to our finalist judges: Joy Connolly, Dean for the Humanities; Michael Laver, Dean for the Social Sciences; and Michael D. Purugganan, Dean for Science.

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.

From talks ranging in topic from the use of social media for government surveillance, to the search for a cure to Alzheimer’s Disease, and the treatment of gender in the writing of author Marianne Moore, the captivated audience and judges had their hands full selecting the winners. Presiding over the awards ceremony were Interim Dean Anna Harvey; 2014 Threesis Finalist and member of the GSAS Master’s College Alumni Association Leadership Board Emma Mishel; and Master's College Program Board President Helen Joo and Vice President Prasenjeet Das.

Congratulations to the 2016 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge Winners:

First Place: Hannah Leffingwell, French Studies
The Red Dykes: Changing the World, One Lesbian at a Time

Second Place: Shafeka Hashash, Department of Politics
The Communist Cripples

Third Place: Justin Yeh, Department of Biology
Hunting for a Link Between Polarity and Cancer: A Tale of Interacting Cells in the Early Worm Embryo

Audience Choice: Anastasios A. Mirisis, Department of Biology
Connecting With Our Past – How Studying Memory Formation Will Bring Us Closer to a Cure for Alzheimer's

Congratulations to all the 2016 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge participants!

Last Year


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.

From talks ranging in topic from the Syrian refugee crisis to clean renewable energy and digital protest tactics, the captivated audience and judges had their hands full selecting the winners. Presiding over the awards ceremony were Dean Lauren Benton; Katie Peterson, the Vice-President of the GSAS Master's College Alumni Association (MCAA); former Threesis winners Roy Schwartz and Ruzmyn Vilcassim; and Master's College Program Board President Mai Huynh and Secretary Abhishek Jathan.

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

A special thank you to every GSAS Master’s Student who participated in the 2015 Threesis, the Wasserman Center for Career Development, the Threesis Mentors, NYU Libraries, 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 2015 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge Participants!

Updated on 08/24/2016