Congratulations to Steven Zhou, doctoral candidate in psychology, for winning Mason’s Three-Minute Thesis® (3MT) competition! In this annual communication competition, PhD candidates across disciplines present their doctoral research to a non-specialist audience using only one visual aid—a single, static PowerPoint slide—in three minutes.
Zhou won first place for his presentation titled “Measuring Profiles and Patterns of Leadership Behavior.” Associate Dean of Graduate Academic Affairs Marguerite Rippy commented that “the competition was very high quality this year, and it was exciting to see CHSS scholarship rise to the top. Steven’s presentation stood out in its complexity, relevance, and accessibility to the audience.”
Zhou said the experience of pitching his research in only three minutes was valuable. “The 3MT competition is an amazing opportunity to hone a unique and valuable skill: translating your research to a general audience in an engaging and informative format. I've found that the challenge of condensing a thesis into three minutes tested my understanding of the topic in a unique way that prepares me for bringing research into the public sphere,” he said. “My presentation is based on a research study that I’ve been working on for almost two years now, and it’s finally getting close to publication, so I was excited to be able to share the insights from the study with a wider audience!”
Read more about Mason’s 3MT competition, and see photos from the event!
May 05, 2023