EAS Newsletter

From the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Doctoral Student Ruby Patterson Wins College-Level Three-Minute Thesis Competition

The UH College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics hosted a Three-Minute Thesis competition featuring the winners from the various NSM departments.

Ruby Patterson
Ruby Patterson (center) with Melissa Lowrey, NSM graduate program director, and Jeremy May, associate dean for graduate affairs.

Ruby Patterson, a geology Ph.D. candidate studying under Dr. Tom Lapen, competed and placed first, receiving the Judges’ Award, for her talk entitled “The Cosmic Library.” The presentation focused on her research in planetary geology. The award was decided by a panel of graduate student representatives from the six NSM departments.

The Three-Minute Thesis competition is a skill development activity that challenges graduate students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. Besides the time limitation, students are also limited to a single static PowerPoint slide with no additional electronic media or props.

About 60 NSM graduate students, faculty, and staff joined in person to share a pizza lunch, and another 15 joined online.