We challenged grad students and researchers all over the world to describe their thesis in two minutes or less. What we got was an incredible sampling of their creativity and communication skills.
The 2012 Winners are:
Grand Prize Winner: "The Synthesis of NAViSection"
Description: What defines driver capabilities and how to link that capability to safety.
Author: Nahom M. Beyene, U. Pittsburgh
Secret sauce: He appealed to his 2,921 Facebook friends for support, using clever and funny photo collages to motivate them.
Second place: "Transubstantiation"
Description: Protestant and Catholic understandings of transubstantiation may not be so different after all.
Author: Brett Salkeld, Regis College
Secret sauce: He was featured in a local Saskatchewan morning radio show, which instructed listeners to support a fellow Canadian.
Third place: "Detective work in space"
Description: Theoretical astrophysics and binary stars
Author: Michael Marks, U. Bonn
Secret sauce: Michael hones a tough competitive instinct as an avid Rock n' Roll Competitive Dancer.
Congratulations to all the winners! They will each receive a PHD Gift Pack!
The Grand Prize Winner has been animated by Jorge and you can watch on PHD TV. In addition to our public vote winners, our panel of judges have selected 11 entries to be animated throughout the coming year!