Clemson’s 3-Minute Thesis competition and Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium (GRADS) were held last week as part of Research and Innovation Month. More than 25 graduate students were recognized with cash prizes for their top-ranking presentations. Photos are online.

The annual 3-Minute Thesis competition challenges graduate students to deliver compelling presentations on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes using nontechnical terms to reach general audience. Each student is limited to three minutes and one static slide. Students from every college competed, highlighting the breadth of research graduate students are doing every day.

3-Minute Thesis and GRADS award winners

3-Minute Thesis winners, 2016:

1st place (tie)
Leah Kitashima, Economics
Qi Zhou, Plant & Environmental Sciences
3rd Place (tie)
Roque Gochez, Chemical Engineering
Adam Klett, Chemical Engineering
Unaiza Uzair, Chemistry

“Researchers today have to be able to articulate what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and why anyone should care,” said Jill E. Bunch, Director of Communications for the Graduate School. “Whether it’s for a funding agency, and entrepreneurial endeavor, legislators or University administrators, being able to talk about your research with people outside your field is more important than ever.”

GRADS is a research poster exhibition showcasing innovative and outstanding works by Clemson’s graduate students in the arts, humanities, sciences, business and engineering.  Graduate students presented posters on their research; the posters were judged on how well they explained the research and on overall readability. “Poster presentations are common at academic conference,” said Bunch, “so it’s an important professional development event for our students.”

GRADS Winners, 2016

College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
1st – Michael Carlo, Biological Sciences
2nd – Christie Sampson, Biological Sciences
3rd – Ibtehal Alsallaiy, Packaging Science

College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities
1st – Mostafa Waleed Hashem Alani, Planning, Design and the Built Environment
2nd – Chaofeng Wang, Civil Engineering
3rd – Dina Basuki, Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design

College of Engineering and Science
1st – Christine Duval, Chemical Engineering
2nd – Yingye Gan, Mechanical Engineering
3rd – Nakul Ravikumar and Justin Holt, Mechanical Engineering

College of Business and Behavioral Science
1st – Anton Sytine, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
2nd – Timothy Bacon, Economics
3rd – Drew Morris, Human Factors Psychology

College of Health, Education and Human Development
1st – Matthew Flege, International Family and Community Studies
2nd – Kellie Walters, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
3rd – Julie Summey, Applied Health Research and Evaluation

Eugene T. Moore School of Education
1st – Juan Li, Learning Sciences
2nd – Koti Hubbard, Literacy, Language and Culture; Lorraine Jacques – Learning Sciences; and Leslie Roberts, Curriculum and Instruction
3rd – Jill Shelnut and Michelle Dunn, Special Education

The events were sponsored by the Graduate Student Government and the Graduate School, and were co-sponsored by the colleges and the Office of the Vice President for Research.