American Idol Meets Academia—Graduate School of Arts and Science to Host Three-Minute Thesis Competition, March 31


The Graduate School of Arts and Science will host the final round of the “Threesis Academic Challenge” on Saturday, March 31, 4 p.m. at NYU’s Kimmel Center. The academic competition combines “American Idol” performance acumen with scholarly insights in a two-round tournament.

American Idol Meets Academia—Graduate School of Arts and Science to Host Three-Minute Thesis Competition, March 31
NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science will host the final round of the “Threesis Academic Challenge” on Saturday, March 31, 4 p.m. at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium. The academic competition combines “American Idol” performance acumen with scholarly insights in a two-round tournament in which one of the winners is selected by the audience. Shown above are the finalists from the 2011 competition.

New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science will host the final round of the “Threesis Academic Challenge” on Saturday, March 31, 4 p.m. at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, 4th Fl. (60 Washington Square South at LaGuardia Place). Subways: 1 (Christopher Street); A, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street); N, R (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).

The academic competition combines “American Idol” performance acumen with scholarly insights in a two-round tournament in which one of the winners is selected by the audience. In it, NYU master’s students present their thesis or final project to a panel of judges in layperson’s language in three minutes or less. The event is adopted from the Three Minute Thesis Challenge founded by the University of Queensland in Australia.

Competitors are judged on the following: how well they grasp the subject of their research, their ability to discuss the topic with non-experts, and presentation skills. Students compete for prizes totaling $2,500--$,1000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $750 for a presenter selected by the audience--while learning to organize ideas and persuasively speak about them in a frenzied yet academic atmosphere. Highlights from last year’s competition may be viewed here.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP or for more information, call 212.998.3710, email gsas.threesis@nyu.edu, or go to: http://gsas.nyu.edu/object/gsas.threesis2012.rsvp.

Reporters wishing to attend the event must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu.

 

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