Marquette graduate student wins three minute thesis competition, advances to regional competition

March 1, 2017

MILWAUKEE – Peter Borg, a doctoral student in the Department of History, won Marquette’s first-ever Three Minute Thesis competition, claiming the top prize of $1000. Borg will now represent Marquette University in a regional competition in April at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools in Indianapolis.

The Three Minute Thesis is a global research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland in Australia. The academic competition for doctoral and master’s degree students requires each participant to explain his or her research effectively in three minutes, using one slide, with no animation.

The competition started with 21 participants who competed in two qualifying rounds before ten finalists were selected. Borg’s winning presentation was entitled “The Colored Problem” –Milwaukee’s White Urban Churches Respond to the Second Great Migration.

Brice Cleland, a doctoral student in clinical and translational rehabilitation health science, won second place for his presentation on “Compensation and Brain Activation Post-Stroke.” The “People’s Choice” was awarded to Meghan Fealey, a doctoral student in biological sciences, who presented “Organizing Your Genes.” Both Cleland and Fealey won $500.

The final competition was judged by Provost Daniel Myers, Kelly McShane of Marquette’s Board of Trustees, Griselda Aldrete, President and CEO of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee; and Karen Herzog, Higher Education Reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


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