Three Minute Thesis at Nevada
A Graduate Student Competition
Join us for the final competition rounds to learn about the exciting research impacts our graduate students are making.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
6:15 p.m.: Refreshments and a performance by the Nightingale String Quartet
7 p.m.: Competition Finals
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium, Room 124
Graduate students will have three minutes to present their research with one presentation slide to a panel of judges.
Our finalists will be grouped by degree level:
- Professional Projects
Metered parking is available in the lot north of the Whalen parking complex.
Admission to the event is free.
- Matt Gruner, Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology
Who's in Charge, the Belly or the Brain?
- Jesse Mayer, Ph.D., Biochemistry
Desert Diesel: Engineering Opuntia as a Low-Input Biofuel Crop
- Augustus Merwin, Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering
What is the Purple Stuff?
- Jessica Rafferty, Ph.D., Education
Profoundly Gifted Students’ Perceptions of Virtual Classrooms: A Phenomenological Case Study
- Jaclyn Stephens, Ph.D., Psychology
Can We Enhance Everyday Cognition Using Memory Training and Non-Invasive Neurostimulation?
- Pamela Young, Ph.D., Education
Family Stress and Early Intervention for Families with Infants and Toddlers Who are Medically Fragile
- Keith Heidecorn, M.S., Hydrology
Progress Towards Understanding Mercury (Hg) in the Atmosphere
- Tara Langus, M.S., Biology
Maternal Microbes and Pathogenic Vulnerability: Effects of Plant Chemistry and Egg Microbes on the Immune Response of a Specialist Caterpillar
- Laura Rocke, M.A., History
Reinterment at the African Burial Ground: A 21st Century Reclamation of Agency
Professional Project Students
- Patricia Bobek
Cross the Line: A Documentary About What It's Like to be a Teenager Across Different Cultures
- Christopher Dugan
Analysis and Cost of Frequent ED Users in Washoe County
- Morgan Nazemian
Compassion in Action: Design and Implementation of an 11th Hour Program
- Miranda Smith
Compassion Fatigue Curriculum Infusion: A Three-Part Workshop for Social Work Students
The top three contestants from groups A1, B1, A2, B2, and the top six contestants from group C were awarded $300 and will compete in the final round.
- Group A1: Doctoral Dissertation Students
- Group B1: Master's Thesis Students
Monday, Mar 2, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge, JCSU 301
- Group A2: Doctoral Dissertation Students
- Group B2: Master's Thesis Students
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge, JCSU 301
Professional Project (Business/EdD/Journalism/MSN/DNP, etc.)
- Group C: Professional Project Students
Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Graduate Student Lounge, JCSU 301
In the final round you'll compete against the six finalists at your degree level:
- Group A — Doctoral Students
- Group B — Master's Students
- Group C — Professional Projects Students
Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium (MIKC)
Winners from each group of the final round will be awarded as follows:
First Place: $600
Second Place: $400
Third Place: $300
- A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted.
- Include your presentation title and your full name on the slide.
- No slide transitions, animations or on-screen movement of any description are allowed.
- The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
- No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
- No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
- Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum; competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
- Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
- Presentations are to commence from the stage.
- Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
- Abstracts are limited to 250 words.
- Students must be graduate students to enter the competition.
- While advancement to candidacy is not required, students must have made significant progress towards completion of their dissertation, thesis, or professional project in order to enter the competition.
- Winners will be announced approximately one week after the competition.
- You will be asked to sign a photo-video release at the event to allow the University of Nevada, Reno to use your likeness in photos/videos of the competition.
- The deadline for competition registration is Thursday, Feb 26, 11:59 p.m.
Comprehension & Content
- Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
- Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
- Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
- Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
- Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
- Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
Engagement & Communication
- Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
- Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
- Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
- Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
- Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
- Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?