Monday, October 21, 2013

Congrats to History MA Student Janis Dye for winning campus-wide "Three Minute Thesis" Award!

Belated congratulations to MA student Janis Dye for winning both the judge's award ($300) and the people's choice / audience award ($100) in the MA thesis category at the UAH Graduate Studies Program's Three Minute Thesis competition in April 2013.

The three-minute public speaking exercise assists masters and Ph.D., students in developing academic presentation, and research communication skills, and supports students' efforts to concisely explain their research projects in layman's terms for a non-specialist audience. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition was developed by The University of Queensland (Australia).

The title of Jan's thesis presentation was "The Japanese Americans of World War II: Memory and Myth." She presented the four dominant myths in the history of the 442d Regimental Combat Team, explaining which were false and which were true. She then explained that she had two goals in addressing this issue of historical myth and historical truth. First, she wanted to dispel the myths, thus shedding light on the many Hawaiian-born Nissei who volunteered, fought, and in many cases died fighting in WWII. Second, she wanted to try to understand how and why those men were excluded from the history of the 442d.

Pictured here see Jan holding her certificate and also receiving her award from Associate Provost Dr. Brent Wren and acting Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Rhonda Gaede.

You can also check out Jan's presentation on youtube:

Congratulations Jan -- we are very proud of you!

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