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Top Presenters at the 2016 Graduate Research Forum

Top Oral Presenters

Joseph Baumgartner, Biology
Movement of Pattern of Peromyscus Leucopus Across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan After a 30-year Expansion
Advisor: Dr. Susan Hoffman

Jacob Beard, History
Pyotr Chaadaev: Russia's 'Madman'
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Norris

Jeffrey Brock, Physics
Keeping it Cool: New Materials for Energy-Efficient Refrigeration
Advisor: Dr. Mahmud Khan

Top Poster Presenters

Masoomeh Kousehlar, Geology
Air Quality Assessment and Metal Source Apportionment in Tehran, Iran: Tree Bark Biomonitoring
Advisor: Dr. Elisabeth Widom

David Linz, Biology
Exploring The Molecular Basis of Insect Wing Evolution: A Transcriptomic Approach
Advisor: Yoshi Tomoyasu

Danielle Tapp, Psychology
Oxytocin Reduces Impulsive Decision Making: A Potential New Therapeutic for Gambling Disorders
Advisor: Dr. Matthew McMurray

Two Psychology Students Receive Marjorie Post Farrington Scholarships

The Marjorie Post Farrington Scholarship was able to award two $1500 scholarships this year. The recipients were Psychology doctoral students Lee Eshelman and Paige Lloyd. Eshelman works with survivors of trauma, a passion she discovered as an undergraduate working as a tutor for refugees. She works as a student therapist at Richmond State Hospital and has published four manuscripts in peer-reviewed publications and presented 22 posters at national and international conferences. Lloyd researches how race relations influence person perception and her work was recognized as the Midwestern Psychological Association’s Graduate Student Paper of the Year in 2015. Lloyd also has a passion for teaching and has served as a TA in four undergraduate classes and was voted the 2015 Psi Chi Graduate Student of the Year.

Several Miami Graduate School Programs Rank Among Best in Nation

By Margo Kissell, University News and Communications

Four Miami University graduate programs are in the top 100 of U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 edition of Best Graduate Schools rankings, released Wednesday. Miami’s part-time MBA program ranks 28.

Other Miami graduate programs ranked among the top 100 in their respective program areas include speech-language pathology at 69, English at 77 and history at 92. (read more)

Winners of 3rd Annual Three Minute Thesis Announced

On Thursday, February 25, the Graduate School hosted its third annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT), an opportunity for students to display their thesis or dissertation research and showcase their ability to effectively explain their work in non-expert language. The challenge, of course, is doing so in only three minutes.


The competition was developed by the University of Queensland in 2008 and Miami is excited to be one of the 170 schools around the world to host a competition this year. This event presents an exciting opportunity for graduate students to present their work to the larger university community and connect their work to the outside world. Per the event’s strict rules, each contestant has exactly three minutes to explain their thesis. Even one second over the time limit would result in disqualification. In addition, competitors are allowed to use only one static PowerPoint slide to aid their presentation.  After 10 great presentations, the judges decided the top three presenters and the Peoples' Choice Award:

First Place:  Jessica Gunzburger, Student Affairs in Higher Education - The Role of Race in Student Affairs Supervision

Second Place & Peoples Choice Award: Jeffrey Brock, Department of Physics - New Materials for Energy Efficient Refrigeration

Third Place: Tanya Willard, Student Affairs in Higher Education - Understanding Chinese International Student Experiences in American Higher Education

Congratulations to all of our participants in this year's 3MT, including our five judges, Dave Sauter, University Registrar, Debbie Mason, Office of the President, Steven Distelhorst, Winner of 2015 3MT/Department of Microbiology, Lisa Dankovich, Director of University External Relations, and Joel Malin, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership.  

Registration for 2017's Three Minute Thesis is now open.  Contact the Graduate School at gradschool@miamioh.edu for more information.