The GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge

The 2016 Threesis application is now open. For the first time ever, the application is available online for download. Click here to download a writable PDF of the 2016 Threesis application, or request the document by emailing gsas.threesis@nyu.edu.

The Threesis application deadline has been extended to Monday, February 8. Submit your completed application along with a short abstract via email to gsas.threesis@nyu.edu by February 8 and get on the road to the finals!

More and more GSAS departments and programs are encouraging their students to participate in the Threesis by offering departmental awards of at least $300 to students from their department or program who advance to the final round. Click here to learn more about the Threesis Incentive Program and to see participating departments and programs--check back often as more continue to join.

Why should you join Threesis? 2015 Threesis Champion Theresa Ten Eyck of the Department of Biology explains:
Threesis
is a great opportunity to distill your thesis to its core. It forces you to communicate your idea as a big picture that anyone can understand - a useful skill in any profession.


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    First Place
    Theresa Ten Eyck
    Biology

    Mushrooms & Microbes – Working Together to Degrade Oil in Soil
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    Second Place
    Kirtan Kaur
    Environmental Health Sciences

    We Are What We Breathe: A Look into the Effects of Air Pollution on the Developing Heart
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    Third Place
    Anna Reumert
    Near Eastern Studies

    Intimate Strangers: Practices of Syrian Refugees in Beirut
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    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

To enter the Threesis Challenge, complete the 2016 Threesis application and submit it to gsas.threesis@nyu.edu with your short abstract by the February 8, 2016 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 Sixth Annual Threesis Academic Challenge will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

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 advance to the final round. Click here to learn more.

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 02/05/2016