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A&S GradResearch Live! Winners Announced

By Morris Grubbs Thursday

LEXINGTON. Ky. (Nov. 19, 2020) — The University of Kentucky's GradResearch Live! hosted the 3-Minute Thesis competition online this year. The 24 research presentations by graduate students and postdocs garnered more than 9,500 total views on YouTube.  Among them were several graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences. 

The competition challenges presenters to tell their research story in three minutes or less using one static slide to an imagined audience of nonspecialists. This is the eighth year the UK Graduate School has offered the competition, which has until now been held in person.  

The event is co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Congress, which provides the funding for the awards.  

Judges were Brigitte Blom Ramsey, president and CEO of the Pritchard Committee for Academic Excellence; and Anna Bedsole, 2018 3MT winner and UK alumna. The People’s Choice winners were determined by the number of likes on YouTube.  

3MT Track (late-stage research):

First Place: Jonghee Lee-Caldararo, Ph.D. program in geography, College of Arts & Sciences.

Second Place: Kristen Witt, Ph.D. program in education sciences/STEM, College of Education.

Third Place: Kanthi Nuti, Ph.D. program in chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences.

People’s Choice: Kristen Witt, Ph.D. program in education sciences/STEM, College of Education. 

The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Congress will hold GradTeach Live! in the spring, featuring graduate teaching assistants describing, in three minutes or less, a component of their teaching philosophy and how they activate it in the classroom or lab. Watch for information coming in early spring here.

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