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 GSAS Threesis Academic 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 Seventh Annual Threesis Academic Challenge took place on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

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: Barbara Weinstein, Silver Professor of History; 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.

With presentations ranging in topic from the effectiveness of gender quotas across world governments, to the use of virtual reality to improve cooperation, to a Rhode Island summer cottage's 200-year history with one family, the captivated audience and judges had their hands full selecting the winners. See photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Congratulations to the 2017 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge Winners:

First Place: Sarah Stodder, Journalism
Lazy Lawn: 300 Years in the Life of Rhode Island's Oldest Summer Home

Second Place & Audience Choice: Loren Dent, International Relations
The Quota Question: What Happens When More Women are Elected to Public Office

Third Place: Joshua Kruchten, English
How to Read a Booke of Bees

And congratulations to all the 2017 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge participants!

Last 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!

Updated on 05/03/2017