Graduate Student Wins Regional Three Minute Thesis Competition

Karl Lyn
Karl Lyn

After winning both the UMass Amherst campus Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competitions on campus and at the Jones Library in Amherst, graduate student in education Karl Lynn has won the 2019 Northeastern Regional 3MT competition. Challenging graduate students to communicate their research process and significance in three minutes or less, 3MT competitions are held at more than 600 institutions worldwide. 

The Graduate School submitted a video of Lyn’s presentation to the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools, the organizers of the regional competition. The regional 3MT Award Committee reviewed 21 submissions from universities in the northeastern United States and Canada and selected five finalists, whose videos were shown at the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools 2019 Annual Meeting. Attendees voted for Lyn as the winner. 

Lyn’s 3MT presentation, “Decriminalizing Education: A Black Freedom Struggle,” highlights research he conducted for his master’s degree in higher education. This marks the third year for the Northeastern Regional 3MT competition and the second year that UMass Amherst students have finished in the top three. Lyn will advance to a live national competition, sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools, and compete against winners from four additional regional competitions.