The Graduate School of Arts and Science will host the final round of the “Threesis Academic Challenge” on Saturday, April 11, 4 p.m. at the Kimmel Center for University Life, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium.
This academic competition, now in its fifth year, combines performance acumen with scholarly insights in a two-round tournament in which the audience selects one of the winners. In it, master’s students in NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) present their thesis or final project to a panel of judges in layperson’s language in three minutes or less—and using only a single slide.
Previous presentations have included: “So, You Fell in Love with a Machine...What Could Possibly Go Wrong?”; “Disappearing Towns: Why Rural Poetry Matters”; “Inciting Rape: Hate Media, International Law and the Rwanda Genocide”; Discrimination Against Lesbians in the U.S. Workforce: A Résumé Audit Study”; “Just Breathe: The Adverse Health Effects of Mainstream and Secondhand Smoke in NYC Hookah Bars”; and “Two-Dollar Cumbias and a Bucket of Beer: The Bailarinas of Jackson Heights.”
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 $3,000: the first-place ($1,000), second-place ($750), and third-place ($500) “three-minute” winners are selected by GSAS deans and one presenter ($750) is chosen by the audience. Throughout the competition, students learn to organize ideas and persuasively speak about them in a frenzied yet academic atmosphere.
The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP or for more information, call 212.998.3710 or email email@example.com. Reporters wishing to attend the event must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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