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Three Minute Thesis: Villanova Students Share Their Research In Timed Competition

Villanova will be hosting its virtual 3MT competition on Friday, March 26, from 3-4 p.m. Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a competition for graduate students to develop and showcase their research communication skills. Competitors must effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. A panel of judges will select a first-place winner ($1,000 award), a second-place winner ($500 award), and audience members in attendance will select an audience choice winner ($250 award). The first-place winner will represent Villanova in a regional 3MT competition.

To watch the live final presentations, register here.

Once registered, you will be sent a link to the event. This ACS approved event, sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies (CLAS) and Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public. The Three Minute Thesis was founded by The University of Queensland.


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Honors Program Senior Theses – Now Online!

By Rebecca Oviedo

Each year theses submitted by Villanova’s undergraduate Honors Program graduating class are added to the Villanova Digital Collection in Falvey’s Digital Library. This research becomes part of the permanent records of the University, kept by Villanova University Archives.

These capstone theses represent the culmination of Villanova students’ academic experience and are valuable records of the community’s scholarly output. They also capture the intellectual trends and contemporary issues that were important to students at a particular point in time.

The theses of this year’s senior class of 2020 are no different. The most current pressing issue of systemic racism is discussed across topics centered on education, voting rights, and access to birth control. Vaccines (and the anti-vaccination movement) are studied through the academic lenses of students from the Department of Biology, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. There are submissions in creative writing, and extensive reports on research conducted in campus labs. Several essays touch upon ethics in medicine and public health, and more than one address gender bias and depictions in sports and the media. One Wildcat hypothesized on “Quantifying Jay Wright’s Greatness.”

At the conclusion of this most unusual academic year, each and every Wildcat can be proud of their academic achievements.

 


Rebecca Oviedo is Distinctive Collections Librarian/Archivist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Finding Villanova Theses and Dissertations – A new guide

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Photo by Jan Mellström on Unsplash.

Are you looking for a Villanova thesis or dissertation? You’ve come to the right place! Falvey Memorial Library has been collecting masters theses and doctoral dissertations written by Villanova students since 1920!

However, they’re not always so easy to find…

  • Some dissertations and theses are held in print on library shelves, although they’re housed in a locked area and must be retrieved by Access Services staff.
  • Others are online, some of which are in the Villanova Digital Library and others of which are accessible via ProQuest.
  • A portion of the print copies housed in Falvey are represented in the online library catalog, while others are not.
  • We also hold undergraduate honors theses from the most recent 20 years, and a small number of other undergraduate theses, in our online collections.

It’s confusing.

To facilitate access to these Villanova-authored materials, we have created a quick guide to finding dissertations and theses at Falvey Memorial Library, organized by school/college and by year of publication. You can access the guide here (https://library.villanova.edu/research/self-help/general-tutorials/finding-villanova-theses-and-dissertations). Follow the steps described, and you’ll be blissfully reading that thesis in no time.

If you need more help finding dissertations or theses, please contact your friendly librarian. We are always happy to help!

 


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Susan Turkel, MA, MLS, is the Social Sciences Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.


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Last Modified: September 10, 2019