Graduate Students Compete for Three Minute Thesis Crown Today

Edidiong Udofia, this year's runner-up and last year's finalist for the College of Engineering, gives his Three Minute Thesis presentation.
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Edidiong Udofia, this year's runner-up and last year's finalist for the College of Engineering, gives his Three Minute Thesis presentation.

Graduate students will battle to win the University of Arkansas Three Minute Thesis competition in today's university-wide final.

The contest is at 2:30 p.m. today, Nov. 19, in Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences building room 107E.

The students booked their spot in the final by winning contests in their academic colleges last week. In addition to earning a place in the final, the first-place finishers won $300. The runners up took home $100.

The winner of today's contest will earn $750 and a trip to a regional Three Minute Thesis event. All members of the campus community are invited to today's final. Attendees can vote for their favorite presentation. The People's Choice winner will earn $500.

Preliminary heat winners are:

First Place

  • Rinalda Proko, doctoral student in cell and molecular biology, Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs; her adviser is Martin Egan
  • Woodrow Gilbertson, doctoral student in physics, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences; his adviser is Bret Lehmer
  • Elise Swanson, doctoral student in education policy, College of Education and Health Professions, her adviser is Gema Zamarro
  • America Sotero, master's student in biological engineering, College of Engineering; her adviser is Yanbin Li
  • Aubree Hawley, doctoral student in food science, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences; her adviser is Jamie Baum
  • Jacqueline Tilton, doctoral student in management, Sam M. Walton College of Business; her adviser is Jennifer Kish-Gephart

Second Place

  • Melissa Chanderban, doctoral student in cell and molecular biology, Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs; her adviser is Dan Lessner
  • Mahsa Lotfi-Marchoubeh, doctoral student in chemistry, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences; her adviser is Ingrid Fritsch
  • Hawraa Alzouwain, doctoral student in curriculum and instruction, College of Education and Health Professions; her adviser is Felicia Lincoln
  • Edidiong Udofia, doctoral student in mechancial engineering, College of Engineering; his adviser is Wenchao Zhou
  • Tracy Hawk, master's student in plant pathology, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences; her adviser is Travis Faske
Contacts

Amanda Cantu, director of communications
Graduate School and International Education
479-575-5809, amandcan@uark.edu

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