Established in 2016, the annual GSAS Master’s SynThesis Competition is an opportunity for MA students in the Arts and Sciences to showcase their research and presentation skills in a relaxed and collegial environment.
Finalists present their thesis research in three slides and four minutes—without the use of notes—to a general audience and an interdisciplinary panel of judges. First-, second-, and third-place awardees receive prizes of $500, $300, and $200, respectively, and a reception for the competitors and attendees follows the presentations.
The 2020 competition will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2019, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Faculty Room, 207 Low Library.
Master’s students who wish to participate should apply here by Friday, March 27, 2020. All applications will be reviewed by a committee; applicants selected as semi-finalists will be interviewed in person before finalists are announced in mid-April. Those selected must be available to attend the competition on Thursday, May 7 and to participate in a preparatory workshop with GSAS staff prior to the competition.
Please write to gsas-studentaffairs [at] columbia.edu with any questions.