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Graduate School Announces Three Minute Thesis Winners

The Graduate School sponsored the university-wide Three Minute Thesis competition yesterday, in which graduate students explain the significance of their research to a general audience in just three minutes. Competitors were selected from College or School-wide competitions held earlier in the semester. The winners were:

Master’s and pre-candidacy doctoral students:

Liang Liang, civil and environmental engineering, “Low Impact Development Mixture Evaluation for Heavy Metal Removal”

Stephanie Yee, counseling psychology, “Reentry Experiences of Formerly Incarcerated Black Women”

Kyla Cools, anthropology, “Locating Disability and Disease in the Material Record”

Doctoral candidates:

Fiona Jardine, information studies, “Breastfeeding Without Nursing: The Lived Experiences of Exclusive Pumpers”

Amanda Burkholder, human development, “Is Economic Inequality Okay? Children’s Evaluations of the Wealth Gap”

Suzanne Marselis, geographical sciences, “Predicting Tree Species Richness in the Tropics”

People’s Choice:

Master’s and pre-candidacy doctoral students: Liang Liang

Doctoral candidates: Fiona Jardine

One of the winners from the doctoral candidates will be selected to represent the University of Maryland at the international Three Minute Thesis competition, sponsored by Universitas 21. UMD has been highly successful in the international competition, winning the Judges’ First Place in 2014 and 2017, and the People’s Choice Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

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