Updated: NAU grad student researchers go for grand slam in statewide competition

grad student Uzma Tahir gives a speech

(Editor’s note: Updated with results.) 

Northern Arizona University captured two of the top three places in the first-ever Arizona 3-Minute Grand Slam competition held Saturday at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

Uzma Tahir of NAU won first place with her presentation on engineering prostheses. Chris Lanterman took third with his presentation on rethinking disabilities. An audience of more than 100 witnessed the event.

(Original story)

Graduate students from the state’s three regents institutions will compete Saturday, April 16, in the first-ever Arizona 3-Minute Grand Slam competition.

Northern Arizona University is co-hosting the event from 2-4 p.m. at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Twelve presenters from NAU, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona will compete for a grand prize of up to $3,000.

The AZ3MGS competition allows graduate students to explain their research or creative work in a face-to-face presentation to an intelligent, non-specialist audience in three minutes, increasing the awareness surrounding the research and scholarly work of Arizona’s graduate students.

Presenters will be evaluated on their ability to communicate in a compelling fashion the value of their research or creative work. This competition is designed to enhance graduate students’ communication skills and their capacity to effectively present their research or creative work to a variety of non-specialist audiences.

The four NAU competitors earned their way into the event during the recent 3-Minute Research Proposal Competition on the NAU campus. Those winners are:

  • First Place: Uzma Tahir, Ph.D. in biology, Department of Biological Sciences.
  • Second Place: Christopher Lanterman, Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction, Department of Teaching and Learning.
  • Third Place: Kirk Schleiffarth, Ph.D. in earth sciences and environmental sustainability, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability.
  • People’s Choice: Matthew Muchna, M.A. in applied sociology, Department of Sociology and Social Work.

Please RSVP by clicking here or emailing AZ3MGS@nau.edu.