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Fordham-GSAS Three Minute Thesis Awards Competition

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The Second Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Awards Competition


McNally Amphitheatre
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 | 5 - 8 p.m.
Lincoln Center Campus
140 W. 62nd St., New York, NY 10023
A reception will follow the competition.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) awards competition offers a wonderful opportunity to learn more about a variety of graduate student research projects. And, as an attendee, you’ll be asked to put your own judging skills to the test to select a “People’s Choice” award recipient.

Open to all master’s and Ph.D. students in the arts and sciences, 3MT® builds on a concept originally developed by the University of Queensland in Australia. The competition is conducted in partnership with Fordham’s GSAS Futures program, which helps students gain important career-building skills. Competition participants pitch a current research project—which might be a master’s thesis or dissertation—in front of an audience in a succinct, three-minute presentation. Think Ted Talks for scholars!

Over 20 students from across the arts and sciences are participating this year! Presentation topics include:

  • “Why Veterans’ Literature Might Foster Combat Veterans’ Trauma Recovery” (English)
  • “Microbial Worlds: What We Can Learn from the Bacteria Found on NYC’s Salamanders” (Biological Sciences)
  • “Risk Preference Stability and Natural Disasters, Evidence from Indonesia” (Economics)
  • “Envisioning Suffrage: The Visual Culture of the Woman Suffrage Movement” (History)

Be inspired – watch footage from the 2018 3MT® competition!

2019 Judges

A panel of judges will select our first and second place winners and our audience of distinguished alumni, scholars, and faculty members will be eligible to vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Meet this year's panel of judges:

  • Christina Auriana, FCLC, ’08, Communications and Media Studies
    Actress, screenwriter, holistic nutritionist
    Working Acting Finalist for Lifetime Membership, The Actors Studio, 2013 – 2014
  • Stephen Grimm, Ph.D., Philosophy
    Chair, Department of Philosophy, Fordham University 
  • Juliet Okafor, GSAS ’03, Public Communications
    Senior V.P. of Global Security, Fortress Information Security
  • Christina Rucinski, Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology, Fordham University
    President, Graduate Student Association
  • Alberto Sanchez, GSAS ’96, International Political Economy and Development
    Senior Advisor, Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
    Instructor, Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University