About The Threesis
The 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.
The Fifth Annual GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge
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. Learn more about Falling Walls at their website.
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. Find out more about the Threesis Incentive Program.
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
Congratulations to the 2015 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge Finalists:
Elizabeth Bennett, International Relations
Adam Chapman, Applied Quantitative Research (Sociology)
Rajeev K. Dhir, Journalism
Veronica M. Glab, Politics
Louise Iremedio, Museum Studies
Jen Heewon Park, Psychology
Emily Claudia Tchir, European and Mediterranean Studies
Ron Wu, Mathematics
Congratulations to all the 2015 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge Participants!