Results from the Third Annual GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge
The Third Annual GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge took place April 13, 2013 in the Silver Center. A record number of students participated in the Qualifying Rounds vying for a spot in the Finals. Competitors presented their own research in engaging talks of three minutes or less to panels of judges comprised of faculty representing the three disciplines of the Graduate School of Arts and Science: the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Science.
Faculty advanced two competitors from each of the six qualifying groups using a three –part criteria: how well the competitor grasped their research, how accessible the language of the presenter was and how engaging the presenter made the three minutes. The resulting twelve finalists took the big stage in the Eisner & Lubin auditorium the following day to compete for the top prizes and coveted titles.
Finalists from across the GSAS disciplines engaged a packed house and an esteemed finalist - judging panel composed of the Deans for the Humanities, Social Sciences and Science as they reached for the top titles. From talks ranging in topic from Black Carbon Exposure in the NYC Subways to the use of Freud’s “uncanny” in Gothic “Monster” Literature. The captivated audience and judges had their hands full selecting the winners. Dean Lauren Benton and two past first place winners Jailee Rychen (2011) and Christopher Cappelluti (2012) presided over the awards ceremony.
About The Threesis
The Threesis Academic Challenge is an academic competition for GSAS master's students. Students present the work of their thesis or final project (eg. creative project, science experiment or research paper) to a panel of judges in accessible language a non-expert can understand in three minutes or less. Competitors are judged on how well they grasp the subject of their thesis, their ability to discuss the topic to non-experts and presentation skills. Students compete for a grand prize of $1,000 and other prizes while learning to organize ideas and speak about them persuasively in a fun, academic atmosphere. This competition is adopted from the Three Minute Thesis Challenge currently taking place in Australia and New Zealand. The Master's College is proud to bring this exciting academic competition to this hemisphere.
- Be a master's student in the Graduate School of Arts and Science
- Have a thesis advisor or final project advisor
- Have a working title for your thesis or final project
Congratulations to the 2013 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge Winners:
First Place: Alexsandra Mitchell, Africana Studies
It’s All in the Music: Afro-Cuban, Afro-Puerto Rican and African-American Communities in New York City and Cuba 1940-1960
Second Place: Cody Upton, Journalism
These Things or Something Better
Audience Choice: Ruzmyn Vilcassim, Environmental Health Sciences
Black Carbon Exposure in NYC Subways
Congratulations to the 2013 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge Finalists:
Breanna Boniface, English
Shannon Craig, Environmental Health Science
Michelle Hernandez, Environmental Health Science
Erica Rochelle Lee, European and Mediterranean Studies
Justin Lieberknecht, Psychology
Alexsandra Mitchell, Africana Studies
Meg Swaney, Museum Studies
Cody Upton, Journalism
Ruzmyn Vilcassim, Environmental Health Science
Kathryn Weber, Biology
Thomas White, Politics
Natalie Le Zhang, Politics
And congratulations to all the GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge participants!