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Graduate School to Host Campus Three Minute Thesis Competition

March 29, 2019

The Graduate School will host the university-wide Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on Wednesday, April 3 from 10 am-noon in the Charles Carroll Room of the Stamp Student Union. In the 3MT contest, students compete to communicate the significance of their scholarly research to an educated lay audience in just three minutes. The competitors will present before a live audience and a five-person judging panel. This event is open to the public. No registration is required to attend.

The competition begins with master’s and pre-candidacy doctoral students at 10 am, with doctoral candidates competing beginning at 11 am. Judges will select up to six winners, and the audience will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Competitors:

Master’s and pre-candidacy doctoral students:

  • Emma Weber, Architecture, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
  • Stephanie Yee, Counseling Psychology, College of Education
  • Tessa Johnson, Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation, College of Education
  • Harry Li, Kinesiology, School of Public Health
  • Liang Liang, Civil and Environmental Engineering, A. James Clark School of Engineering
  • Girguis Sedky, Aerospace Engineering, A. James Clark School of Engineering
  • Kyla Cools, Anthropology, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • James Bader, Geology, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Doctoral candidates:

  • Fiona Jardine, Information Studies, iSchool
  • Xinyi Ren, Supply Chain Management, Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • Maryke Caputo, Counseling Psychology, College of Education
  • Amanda Burkholder, Human Development, College of Education
  • Azadeh Farzaneh, Materials Science and Engineering, A. James Clark School of Engineering
  • Jesse Maxwell, Aerospace Engineering, A. James Clark School of Engineering
  • Zahra Ghasemi, Mechanical Engineering, A. James Clark School of Engineering
  • Ren Li, Social, Decision, and Organizational Science, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Suzanne Marselis, Geography, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Jillian Bruns, Modern French Studies, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Joseph Meyer, American Studies, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Rini Pek, Biological Sciences, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
  • Chris Eckberg, Physics, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Competitors were selected during a series of College and School-level competitions. A winner from the competing doctoral candidates will go on to represent the University of Maryland in the international Three Minute Thesis competition, sponsored by Universitas 21. UMD has been highly successful in past competitions, winning the Judges’ First Prize in 2014 and 2017, and the People’s Choice Awards in 2014, 2015, and 2017. To learn more about the contest, visit the 3MT site.

Contact Information

The Graduate School
University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742

301-405-3644
gradschool@umd.edu