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.
- Anyone who is enrolled in a GSAS master’s program
- Graduates of GSAS master's programs of the current academic year are also eligible
The Sixth Annual GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge
The Sixth Annual Threesis Academic Challenge took place on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
Students in the finals round 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. Find out more about the Threesis Incentive Program.
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 the 2016 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge Finalists:
Isabel Collazos, Museum Studies
Danielle Dong, Museum Studies
Soley Melissa Esteves, Museum Studies
Alex Kane, Journalism/Near Eastern Studies
X. Steve Niu, Biology
Daniel Pleck, Journalism/International Relations
Zehra Rehman, Journalism/International Relations
Tess Parker Savage, Draper Interdisciplinary Program in Humanities and Social Thought
Congratulations to all the 2016 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge participants!