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NMSU grad students compete in ?Three-Minute Thesis Competition?

A master?s or Ph.D. thesis takes years of research and hundreds of pages to explain. An 80,000-word thesis would take about nine hours to present. Graduate students in New Mexico State University?s College of Arts and Sciences will have just three minutes to explain their discoveries to the public for a chance to win cash prizes.

Winners of the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences? first ?Three-Minute Thesis Competition,? graduate students Alba Chavez, Jeffrey Coughlin, Candace Gray, and Marc Scott in March 2012.

NMSU will present the third annual ?Three-Minute Thesis Competition? at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at the NMSU Corbett Center Auditorium.

?This event challenges students to get down to the core of their research,? said Ken Van Winkle, College of Arts and Sciences associate dean. ?Students also have the opportunity to hone their communication skills as they engage in explanations to non-technical audiences.?

Participants will present to a panel of judges comprised of professors from various departments. First, second and third place winners will receive cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250, respectively. Winners will be announced after the presentations.

The rules of the challenge include:

? A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations, movements etc.).
? No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
? No additional props (e.g. costumes, instruments [musical, laboratory, etc.]) are permitted.
? Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum ? competitors exceeding three minutes will be disqualified.

Presenters will be judged on communication style, comprehension and engagement.

To be eligible for the competition, candidates must be active in a graduate degree research program such as the PhD, or a masters degree program that requires a thesis and on track for timely completion.

The public is welcomed to attend this free event.

For more information, including registration details, visit http://artsci.nmsu.edu/en/forms/3-minute-thesis-application.