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Graduate Student Wins the “People’s Choice Award” at Graduate School’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition

Val Feathers won the “People’s Choice Award” (and a monetary award of $500) at the Three Minute Thesis Competition Wed Nov 9 in the Digital Media Arts and Engineering auditorium at LSU.  The event was sponsored by the LSU Graduate School and the public and media were invited to attend. LSU Executive Vice-President and Provost Richard Koubek judged the competition along with Jacqui Vines Wyatt, senior vice president and general manager for Cox Louisiana (retired), and Stephen Moret, president and CEO of the LSU Foundation.

The Three Minute Thesis is an international academic competition, developed at the University of Queensland, that invites Master’s and Ph.D. students to present their thesis research and explain its importance in an engaging narrative delivered in non-technical language. Over 40 students registered for the competition and a university-wide preliminary competition narrowed the field to 9 students, who competed in the finals. Val Feathers was the only Finalist from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences! Val’s presentation was entitled “Sea-Level Rise at an Underwater Maya Salt Work: Ancient Analyses and Modern Implications.” Her talk was developed from her dissertation research in the PhD Program in Geography and Anthropology (Anthropology Concentration).