Three minute thesis presents education research

Students Compete in Three-Minute Thesis Competition at CEHD Research Day

This year’s University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Research Day was highlighted by the Three-Minute Thesis Competition, in which seven CEHD graduate students condensed their groundbreaking health, sports and education research into lightning quick, engaging presentations.

Each year, Research Day is a showcase for the impactful work being done by students and faculty, and this year’s event demonstrated the amazing variety and depth of knowledge being created in the college. Held at the McNamara Alumni Center, Research Day packed the hall with booths presenting current CEHD projects, allowing attendees to ask questions of the primary researchers.

The event was highlighted by the Three-Minute Thesis Competition, which kicked off with an introductory address by Kenneth Bartlett, CEHD’s Associate Dean of Faculty Development and International Initiatives. Bri Kenney, CEHD Director of Graduate Education Initiatives, served as emcee of the event, introducing the student presentations that were evaluated by the distinguished judges panel: University of Minnesota Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs Meredith McQuaid, leading Minnesotan humanitarian and businesswoman Mary M. Tjosvold, and University of Minnesota Distinguished Teaching Professor of African Studies and English John. S. Wright.

The three-minute presentations were judged on the basis of how well they engaged the audience, and –fitting for a college as diverse as CEHD – covered a wide range of topics. The seven contestants were Jenny Yun-Chen Chan (on the development of mathematical concepts in childhood), Morgan Betker (on the health crisis among law enforcement officers), Laurie Kincade (on the importance of teacher/student relationships), Angela Fenoglio (on the social development of babies born prematurely), Fan Ouyang (developing pedagogy for online learning courses), Madeleine Orr (the economic downside for cities of hosting major sporting events like the Olympics) and Alexandra Willets (examining how our society frames childhood goals in economic terms).

All the presentations were compelling, but ultimately Madeleine Orr was awarded first prize from the judges, with Alexandra Willets coming in second and Morgan Betker winning the People’s Choice award from the audience. You can watch the winning entries below.

After the Three-Minute Thesis Competition, Dean Jean Quam of CEHD hosted a luncheon that featured faculty members Jennifer McComas and Muhammad Khalifa speaking on issues of educational equity.

Thanks to the CEHD staff who worked so hard to make this event a success. We hope to see you there next year for what has become one of CEHD’s most exciting annual events.

Madeline Orr, First Place:

Alexandra Willets, Second Place:

Morgan Betker, People’s Choice:

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