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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 4th Annual Three Minute Thesis Announced

By Carole Johnson, University News and Communications

On March 8, 2017, the Graduate School hosted its fourth 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:  Frob Duguid, Department of Kinesiology & Health - The Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Vascular Function During Sitting

Peoples' Choice Award: Diane Berish, Department of Sociology & Gerontology - Hospital to Skilled-nursing Facility Transitional Care and 30-day Hospital Readmissions: Do Skilled-nursing Facility Transitional Care Practices Matter?

Second Place: Rey Nann Mark Ducay, Department of Statistics - Big Data, Machine Learning, and Taxicabs

Third Place (tie): Megan Loftin, Department of Kinesiology & Health - Former Team Sport Athletes’ Experiences of the Physical and Psychological Effects of Sport-related Concussion
Jake Godfrey, Department of Biology - Impact of an Atrazine Based Herbicide on a Ground Dwelling Wolf Spider

Congratulations to all of our participants in this year's 3MT, and thanks to our judges, Dr. Kate Rousmaniere, Scott Madding, Dr. Renate Crawford, David Liles, Tanya Willard, and Caroline Kren.

Registration for 2018's Three Minute Thesis will open in the Fall of 2017.  Contact the Graduate School at for more information.