Natasha Johnson presenting her Three Minute Thesis presentation

EPS doctoral students shines at Three Minute Thesis Competition

Congratulations to educational leadership doctoral student Natasha Johnson! She competed in the Three Minute Thesis Competition and won second place and people’s choice.

Natasha Johnson presenting her Three Minute Thesis presentation

Samantha Emerson, Ciera Lewis and Natasha Johnson

Georgia State sponsored the Three Minute Thesis Competition for its second year.

“If you go over three minutes, you’re disqualified,” Johnson said.

The competition originates from Australia and is an international competition. The top winner will move on to other contests.

“The goal is to present your research in three minutes or less. You get one static slide and that’s it,” she said.

The preliminary round was March 6 and the final was March 26. Twelve people were in the final. A panel of three university judges evaluated the presentation. The audience at the event voted for the people’s choice.

Her presentation title was “Writing HERstory – A phenomenological study examining the intersectional identities of black women in educational leadership.” Dr. Janice Fournillier is Johnson’s advisor.

“Winning the People’s Choice was my favorite because it gave my research recognition,” Johnson said.

For the competition, she had to pinpoint one aspect of her research. Her academic work focuses on women in educational leadership roles. To pull three minutes out of that was the tough part.

“I had to spotlight the goal and purpose of my study – first, how to advance the number of women in leadership. And second – the most important thing that people in the auditorium should know. It’s hard to take everything and make it three minutes!” she said.

Photos by Dory Neptune

Video of Natasha Johnson’s presentation