Texas A&M Grad Students Get Non-Techy In 3-Minute Thesis Drill

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By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications

Nine Texas A&M University graduate students will describe their hard-earned academic research in what they hope are easy-to-understand terms during the 3-Minute Thesis Competition finals on Nov. 16.

The competition will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bethancourt Ballroom in the Memorial Student Center on the campus of Texas A&M. The event is free and open to the public.

The students – two master’s and seven doctoral degree candidates – have three minutes to impress a panel of judges who will determine which students win the competition and go on to compete in the regionals held at the University of Arkansas.

The 3-Minute Thesis Competition was originally developed at the University of Queensland in Australia but has spread to college campuses around the world. Open only to graduate students, it focuses on excellence in effective communication, and challenges students to be able to describe their research work in non-technical terms to a lay audience. The competition enables students to improve their presentation and communication skills.

Participating in the doctoral finals this year are Daniel Chavez in agricultural economics; Robert Fuentes in veterinary physiology and pharmacology; Amit Ghosal in recreation, parks and tourism; Vijay Rajanna, in computer science and engineering; Ly Ramatou in materials science and engineering; Peer Mohammed Shajudeen in electrical engineering; and Leily Ziglari in teaching, learning and culture.

Participating in the master’s degree finals are Siva Ramadoss in construction science, and Emily Whitaker in oceanography.

Winners will receive $1,000, second-place finishers will receive $500 and a “people’s choice” winner will receive $500. The competition is coordinated and sponsored by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.

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Media contact: Keith Randall, News & Information, (979) 845-4644 or keith-randall@tamu.edu


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