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VIDEO: Pacific grad students compete in Three Minute Thesis

Feb 9, 2018

University of the Pacific hosted its first-ever Three Minute Thesis competition at the Stockton campus, where 14 graduate students from multiple disciplines competed for a cash prize and the opportunity to represent Pacific at the Western Association of Graduate Schools meeting in Las Vegas later this spring. Three Minute Thesis celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students around the world. Originally held by the University of Queensland in Australia, the competition cultivates students' academic, presentation and research communication skills by challenging them to summarize their research in three minutes. Student competitors are allowed one slide that represents their research project, but no other resources or props. Pacific's competition was judged by faculty members and community leaders, including Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs.
The winners are:

  • First Place: Amy Burns, doctoral student in the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education for her presentation "Are You Paying Attention and Does it Even Matter?"
  • Second Place: Joshua Harzman, Master of Arts in Communications student in College of the Pacific for his presentation "Urban Scrawl: Satire as Subversion in Banky's Graphic Discourse."
  • People's Choice (selected by the audience): Siwen Wang, Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences student in the Thomas J. Long School of Health Sciences for his presentation "Folding Telomeres: Fighting Cancer!"

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