A three-minute timer loomed over 36 graduate students competing for a spot in the Vice President for Research Fellowship on Feb. 12, 2018.
The 16 participants in the 3 Minute Challenge who were selected to become VPR fellows will receive $4,000 in scholarship and travel support. Fellows will also participate in professional development workshops, mentorship, leadership and engagement opportunities over the 2018-19 academic year.
As students quickly summarized their research, judges from across the university and from local industry scored on criteria associated with the content and comprehension of the presentation, as well as students’ effective engagement and communication skills.
Talented and dedicated
“CSU students are extremely talented and dedicated, and it was my distinct privilege to witness their success at the 3 Minute Challenge,” said Ellen Fisher, assistant vice president for research and lead coordinator of the Fellows program. “Every one of the graduate students who participated demonstrated intense passion and outstanding ability to communicate their research to a broad audience.”
This initiative was created in 2016 by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Research and Scholarly Success Initiative (RSSI) to support excellence in graduate research and scholarly works and to promote cross-college and cross-department collaborations. Participants in the 3 Minute Challenge were selected from the CSU Graduate School’s Graduate Student Showcase.
“Our goals for the VPR Fellowship program are to provide a transformative leadership experience and to help prepare the next generation of diverse, innovative, creators for future stages of their careers in the global marketplace,” said Alan Rudolph, vice president for research.
The 2018-19 VPR Fellowship Cohort
A.J., Brown, College of Agricultural Sciences
Cody Carrell, College of Natural Sciences
Jimikaye Courtney, College of Health and Human Sciences
Nora Flynn, College of Agricultural Sciences
Maybellene Gamboa, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Mohammadhasan Hedayati, Walter Scott Jr., College of Engineering
Elle Holbrook, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Ashlie Johnson, College of Natural Sciences
Sarah Leichty, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Frank Marrs, College of Natural Sciences
Clifton McKee, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Brian Mitchell, College of Agricultural Sciences
Kayla Nuss, College of Health and Human Sciences
Alyx Shigenaga, College of Agricultural Sciences
Ingrid Slette, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Maggie Weinroth, College of Agricultural Sciences