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Presenting a Thesis in Three Minutes

UNT master’s students researching everything from information science to biological sciences competed in UNT’s Toulouse Graduate School’s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition this spring. Each contestant condensed years of research into a concise three-minute presentation to a non-specialist audience. The competition challenged students to consolidate their research discoveries and convey technical details and abstract ideas using only a single PowerPoint slide and without any additional props or visual aids.

"This is an excellent opportunity for graduate students to learn how to present research without using technical language," says Joseph Oppong, associate vice provost of the Toulouse Graduate School. "Three Minute Thesis is not dumbing down the research but forces students to synthesize their discoveries and present them with credibility."

Viewers from around the globe watched this year’s presentations online with over 1,500 responses for the people’s choice award. Huyen Nguyen, master’s student in information science, won first place with her presentation of “A Graph Database for the COVID-19 Knowledge Discovery.” Ronfang Zhan, master’s student in information studies, was the second-place winner with her presentation of “Improving Relationships by Using Information Technology.” Mehrnaz Moghimi, master’s student in biological sciences, won the people’s choice award based on the audience’s votes for her presentation of “Effect of Low Oxygen Level on Lead Toxicity and Calcium Deficiency.” Watch the awards presentation.

“The world is a very complex place these days with some very challenging issues. Our scientists need to be able to speak up and talk about the strength and value of their research to meet these challenges,” says Mark McLellan, vice president for research and innovation. “Here at UNT we are excited about the growth of 3M Thesis and the extension of it into all of our program areas. Communicating what we do in research is essential for our future as a university.”

3MT® was founded at The University of Queensland in Australia in 2008 and has since grown to an international event. More than 600 institutions in more than 60 countries now hold 3MT® competitions. UNT has held the competition annually since 2015. Doctoral students compete in the fall semester, and master’s students compete in the spring. The fall competition will be held Nov. 20, with preliminaries taking place Nov. 1-3. Students are encouraged to attend a workshop Sept. 27 to learn more.

“I want to see every student go through this training,” Oppong says. “It’s good for promoting the science that is taking place at our Tier One Research University — the University of North Texas.”

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U.S. News and World Report lists UNT online education program among best in the nation

DENTON (UNT) Texas—U.S News and World Report has named the University of North Texas College of Education online graduate education program one of the best in the nation. UNT was ranked No.16 out of 275 schools listed. The program rose from a No.124 ranking last year.

“This is exciting news! Our faculty has always been committed to providing quality programs that meet the needs of students across the nation, state and North Texas area,” said Bertina Combes, interim dean of the College of Education. “Our program allows people to attain advanced degrees, while still living and working in their communities.”

The UNT College of Education offers seven online master’s-level programs in addition to online certificate programs in educational psychology and teacher education and administration. Some are accelerated programs that allow students to graduate with both a bachelor’s and a master’s in five years. The online educational psychology master’s degrees offer concentrations in autism intervention, educational diagnostician, gifted and talented, and research and evaluation. In teacher education and administration, concentrations include curriculum and instruction, educational leadership and teaching.

For this year’s list, UNT was ranked in five general categories—student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials, and training and peer reputation.

For more information about the Educational Psychology program, contact, Karen Goss at 940-369-8048 or Karen.goss@unt.edu. For more information about the Teacher Education and Administration program, contact Marilyn Deuble at Marilyn.deuble@unt.edu or 940-565-2942.

Other USNWR rankings for UNT this year include:

No. 33 – Master’s degree in Criminal Justice (graduate)

No.  55 – Master of Business Administration degree

No.  68 – Bachelor’s online programs

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