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LSUS Hosts Three-Minute Thesis Competition, Two Students Advance to State

May 03, 2021

Shreveport, LA-LSUS doctoral students Ondrell S. Moore and Stephanie McConnell represented the university at the Louisiana Council of Graduate Schools Three-Minute Thesis Competition after earning winner and runner up respectively at the campus level. Additionally, Master of Public Health student Justiss Tyner was selected as the People's Choice Award winner for the campus rounds while Moore won the same at the state round.

The Three-Minute Thesis Competition is a multi-level competition where graduate-level students attempt to present their thesis research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience in a mere three minutes.

"The Three-Minute Thesis Competition or 3MT, which was started by the University of Queensland in Australia is now popular across the world," Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Sanjay Menon said. "LSUS has been hosting 3MT competitions on campus for several years now. We are really proud to host this event and to be part of this worldwide movement. Every year we have been impressed by the quality and variety of presentations by our students. The state-wide competition organized by the Louisiana Council of Graduate Schools is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students in our state to showcase their research and communication skills."

Both under the mentorship of Dr. John D. Harrison, Chair of the Department of Leadership Studies and Program Director of the Ed.D. in Leadership Studies program, Moore's presentation was titled "The Relationship Between Spiritual Leadership and Organizational Commitment in Physical Therapy Professionals" while McConnell's was titled "Ethical Leadership and Organization Based on Work Location".

"We are very excited to have the 3MT Competition at LSUS and for our students to have an opportunity to showcase their research," Dr. Harrison said. "All the students who participated should be proud of their accomplishments and contributions to their respective fields. I am especially proud of Ondrell Moore and Stephanie McConnell as they truly represent the wonderful work going on in Leadership Studies and the university as a whole."

Both campus and state rounds were hosted via Zoom in light of COVID restrictions. For the campus rounds, students presented their three-minute pitches live, while for the state competition, they provided a pre-recorded video that was played via Zoom for a variable panel of judges.

About LSUS
Founded in 1967, Louisiana State University Shreveport offers a wide array of nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral degree. The university's mission is to educate a diverse population of graduate and undergraduate students; engage in regional and global thought leadership through community collaboration and service; and innovate to enhance the application of knowledge and intellectual discovery through faculty and student research and creative endeavors.

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