Graduate School Presents Three-Minute Theses

Ten graduate students from a variety of master’s programs at the University of Charleston, South Carolina, will each offer a three-minute distillation of their research at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Room 205 of the Stern Student Center.

The event is being presented by the Graduate School Office.

The Three-Minute Thesis™ program, which originated at the University of Queensland, Australia, was adopted by staff at the University of Charleston, South Carolina, last year.


Theses presentations are a fact of life for most graduate students, but the Three Minute Thesis™ program offers an exceptionally challenging format.

The presentations included in this year’s edition will run the gamut from a look at McCarthyism as portrayed in the British press to a system for evaluating the effectiveness of community-based management of the Crown-of-Thorns Seastar in Romblon, Philippines, to a look at historic monuments that can be considered “moving.”

According to Jon Hakkila, associate dean of the Graduate School, “By participating in the Three Minute Thesis™, graduate students are able to share their research projects with a non-specialized audience, practice communication skills and have a lot of fun in the process.”